Microbiologist-turned-homemaker, she is a foodie with a flair for cooking. An avid traveller and voracious reader, she also loves to paint and indulges in photography.
Published April 16th 2015
Scouring the web for Mediterranean food joints in Sydney I stumbled upon Sahara Restaurant. Located in Westfield Centre, just beside the bustling bus interchange outside Parramatta Station, the restaurant is a cafe and grill specialising in Mediterranean and Turkish culinary delights.
With plenty of seating arrangements both inside and outside, the restaurant offers a wonderful dining experience in an elegant ambience whether it is a get-together of friends, family outing or a business meeting. If you are in for dinner, you might even end up enjoying a beautiful belly dance.
They have separate menus for lunch, dinner and the Turkish banquet. I went their for dinner with my husband and a couple of friends. Since earlier we had tried the various dips that are a specialty of turkish cuisine, this time we wanted our appetite to be completely assaulted by the pilav (Turkish style rice), izgara (chargrilled items) and other fine offerings of the restaurant. So we went ahead with Adana shish and Karides chilli garlic prawns for entrees. The prices ranged from $2 for side orders to $36 for the izgara. If you are too hungry, this might not be the place as the grilling over wood charcoal can take some time, but then fine dining is also about patience. And ours was prized with an explosion of flavors from the shish and prawns which were accompanied by fresh Turkish bread and sauces.
For the main course we ordered Chicken Pilav, Chicken Mantar, Chicken ala King and Empire Iskender. The serving proportions were more than we could eat. And these too were bursting with flavors. The chicken and lamb both felt soft enough to melt away with each bite. The bill came to around $145 AUD but it was worth the taste.
Some of the diners around us were trying Sahara's platters and banquets and the amount of food seemed enticing.
So if you have a growling stomach or planning for a culinary experiment with loved ones, then Sahara might prove to be the right place for you. Though the cost is a bit on the higher end but then, you deserve to pamper yourself sometimes. āfiyet olsun (bon appétit)!