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The Turkish Tea House

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Published April 24th 2016
The Turkish Tea House: More Than Just Tea

Walk into this cosy café and just take it all in first. The blue walls, coloured mosaic lamps cascading from the ceiling, ceramic plates arranged on said blue wall, and all the silverware behind the counter. There's a lot to look at, but in a good way. Lots of things jostling for space and your attention, but the total effect is stunning nonetheless.

As for the actual food, the cafe has a compact Turkish menu with a focus on all day breakfasts, mainly lunch salads and beverages. The meals are not heavy, meat laden Turkish fare that you may have come to expect from this cuisine. Not a doner in sight. Breakfast meals feature eggs, pita bread or light flaky pastries with a variety of fillings while the salads look colourful and generously portioned.

I had the menemen which is spiced scrambled eggs cooked with onions, tomatoes, peppers, with some pita bread. It was very nice. I just wish it was a bigger serving. Sour cherry juice is not a flavor I'm accustomed to seeing in Melbourne cafes and it was delicious, even as it came out of a bottle. Something to keep in mind if one is expecting a grand selection of teas on offer, is that there are only 5 different types of tea on the menu.

Breakfast fuel
Spiced scrambled eggs

I opted for some refreshing Turkish apple tea which came in a heavy little silver pot. The plates and cups also have colourful patterned designs on them.

Teawares delight

The staff here is attentive and welcoming. It is a small cafe with some quite large tables, so do be prepared to share tables if it gets busy. There are also some outdoor tables.

The Turkish Tea House also has a little gift shop upstairs through the back- a little treasure trove of mosaic lamps, rugs, ceramic ware, knick knacks and fancy embroidered cushions.

Turkish treasure trove
Cushions, carpets and coloured lamps

A café worth exploring both for the food as well as the décor.
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Why? Tasty light Turkish food in a tasteful setting
When: 8:30 am -4:30 pm Monday to Fridays. Slightly shorter hours on Saturday
Phone: 03) 9830 4993
Where: 232 Whitehorse Rd, Balwyn VIC 3103
Cost: Approximately $40-$50 for 2 people
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