I like to participate in life rather than be a spectator. Music, dancing, theatre, travelling, food, cycling and walking are some of my passions. Writing is an enjoyable pastime that allows me to share my experiences.
Published May 5th 2017
Take Your Tastebuds On A Tour
After seeing Somer Sivrioglu and his team at work in The Chefs' Line on SBS I was keen to have lunch at his restaurant Anason. It was a busy Friday lunch service and we had not booked but the wait staff managed to seat us inside where we overlooked the open airy terrace full of happy diners.
The location is good and the relaxed casual space has the ambiance of Istanbul's mezze bars. The sleek stainless steel kitchen is busy but calm, as are all the staff who are friendly and happy to discuss menu items and wine choices. The cuisine is based around sharing the flavours of Anatolia, with Turkish, Armenian and Middle Eastern foods having a modern, refined makeover.
For starters we shared golden pumpkin hummus with cumin spiced chickpeas and two serves of saj pita bread. The bread was light and delicious and its texture contrasted with the smooth nuttiness of the dip. The serving of hummus was large enough for two or three to share.
The waterside setting called for seafood and the raki grilled prawns did not disappoint. They had a smoky flavour and were teamed with salty seaweed, crunchy flaked almonds and sour lemony berries. The prawns were 'finger licking' good and were complemented by the Turkish Chardonnay I chose to drink. The charcoal octopus was perfectly cooked and had a firm meaty texture, the creamy richness was contrasted with a salad of bitter witlof and peppery radish. The wine list contains offerings from Turkey and Australia and they also serve cocktails and beers.
Although quite sated we were loath to leave so we shared a baklava with Turkish coffee (definitely an acquired taste). The baklava is air freighted from Istanbul and is light, soft, nutty and not overly sweet.
Be transported to the meyhanes of Istanbul in the heart of the vibrant Wulugul Walk, Barangaroo Sydney.