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Published February 22nd 2012
Given I'm already counting the sleeps till my holiday to Turkey, I decided it fitting I have dinner with a friend at Ahmet's Turkish Restaurant.
Ahmet's is a fully licensed family owned restaurant, located at 164 Grey Street, South Bank. It's open seven days for lunch (11.30am to 3pm) and dinner (5pm to 9pm but generally stays open later on weekends).
There's also another independently owned Ahmet's Turkish Restaurant at 136 Oxford Street, Bulimba. Having dined at the Bulimba restaurant some months ago, I expected we would be in for a similarly great experience. With traditional Turkish tablecloths, colourful silk-draped ceilings and low-set cosy lounge style seating, the South Bank restaurant is every bit as ambient.
However the seating proved to be a bit of an issue. Arriving for an early dinner, we waited a couple of minutes to be seated. When we were eventually tended to, we asked to be seated inside but were told the restaurant inside was fully booked and we'd need to sit outside. We requested a low-set lounge seat outside, only to be told those seats were reserved for groups of four or more, so we took a standard table for two.
We didn't have to wait long for our order to be taken or meals to arrive. Main meals range between $19 and $34, and there are also banquet options available. I chose the moussaka with rice and salad, for $24. Moussaka is a dish made from oven baked minced lamb layered with eggplant and tomato. My friend ordered the vegetarian pide for $20 and a glass of apple tea, which was served in a traditional tulip glass, for $3.50. While the serving sizes were reasonably generous, the meals tasted fairly average.
Our highlight of the evening were the jovial musicians who entertained patrons with their rendition of 'Flight of the Bumble Bee'.
During our meal, I observed that few of the inside tables actually had patrons seated at them. After I casually mentioned this to staff, the manager made his way over to apologise about the miscommunication with seating and offered us an assortment of exotic desserts as an apology.
So while the experience wasn't a real standout, the service was quick, and it was nice to see that management are keen to please their customers. So, after polishing off my last piece of delicious baklava, I only have two words left; food coma.