Immerse yourself in the colour and vibrancy of Turkish culture at Istanbul Nights, a monthly celebration at Ahmet's Turkish Restaurant, South Bank.
Ahmet's is one of Brisbane's most well known Turkish Restaurants renowned for its authenticity and quality. The floor to ceiling decor creates a magical cultural escape; the colourful Turkish wall hangings, ambient lanterns, ornately carved wooden tables, brightly coloured tablecloths, throws and cushions and the sway of sensual music all combine to create a Turkish treat for visitors at any time.
Take an outdoor candlelit table or step inside to another world. The restaurant and staff are all dressed up to help create a festive atmosphere and entertainment is provided by a dazzling, exotic belly-dancer with live drum accompaniment - and if you're feeling the groove, get up and try your hand (and hips!) at the belly-dancing art.
And if that's not enough - purchase an authentic Turkish coffee and receive a free coffee reading by a genuine Falci (fortune teller). Or if you're thinking of travelling to Turkey, have a chat to one of Ahmet's travel experts for some secret travel tips.
A fun and festive cultural experience is to be had by all, and on top of that, the food is absolutely divine (my favourites are the Vegetarian Pide and the Mercimek Corba [lentil soup]). The menu is extensive with banquet and platter options available. Ahmet's is extremely popular so bookings are recommended.
I really have to take issue with the Vegetarian Pide rave - it is nothing more than gluggy cheese and dough with a few specks of mushroom and a token piece of capsicum. The size is large, but for $20 it is real appetite diminsher. I get really fed up with this rip-off of so-called vegetarian options - just give us piles of cheese or lettuce and think that is all that is needed!