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Lezzet Turkish Restaurant

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Published March 24th 2012
Sometimes when you go to a Turkish restaurant, you cringe in the anticipation that you might be dining with shisha smokers. Or that there might be a group of elderly men at the back of the dining room, seemingly disdainfully playing cards, happy to be away from home. These men talk in inoffensive Turkish so most diners won't understand. Everyone assumes they are part owners, or managers, but usually they are just friends of friends of the owners, probably paid to add local ambience.

Lezzet, in Elwood, Melbourne, goes without these ring-ins and relies on its simple dishes to provide the Turkey flavour. And provide they do. The menu includes incredibly fresh and warm Turkish bread, delicious wood-fired pizzas, and the most sumptuous slow-cooked lamb that will ever slither down your esophagus. There is something for everyone on the menu which is served dutifully and at a very reasonable price. And if you take advantage of their BYO, they will even try to match your drink with their dinner.

If I were desperate to provide at least some constructive criticism, and I am, I would mention that no table seems to have enough space to move, something that you only really notice if you get up to visit the poky bathroom.

Lezzet is becoming an institution in that tiny strip on Brighton Road. Locals are frequent customers and outsiders are hearing about it and making the worthwhile trip. If you're going to test Lezzet out, and I recommend you do, book before you go. Otherwise, their tables might get booked out by elderly Turkish men, as eager to eat there as you'll be.

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When: All year round
Where: Brighton Rd, St Kilda
Cost: $15-$25 main meal
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