I had my first taste of Turkish cuisine at Derwish and it was such a delight. When Cappadocia Turkish Restaurant invited me for a food tasting, I accepted without hesitation.
In contrast to Derwish’s grandiosity, Cappadocia’s decor is more contemporary and modern. One side of the wall is covered with iconic hot air balloons in Turkey. Iron patterned boxes frames elegant blue wall lights, casting a brilliant blue glow onto the tables below. I especially love the blue lamp hanging from the ceiling, they are so pretty.
There are both indoor and outdoor alfresco tables and two huge televisions showing soccer matches.
With soothing Turkish music in the background and lively atmosphere makes the restaurant feel more authentic than ever.
The menu at Cappadocia Tur Restaurant has beautiful photographs of every dish so you know exactly what you are getting.
Meze Tabagi [S$32.90] allows you to try four Turkish dips in one seating. There is the popular hummus which is made by blending chickpeas with tahini, lemon juice and garlic.
I would never have guess that babaganoush is actually eggplant mixed with olive oil, lemon juice, various seasonings and tahini.
Mixing tomatoes with red bell peppers gives satsuka its reddish color but it’s actually only slightly spicy.
Moutabbal is a smoked eggplant dip that is vegan, gluten-free and keto-friendly. Moutabbal is a richer creamier dip with texture somewhere in between hummus and babaganoush.
The salad in the middle is coban salad, a Turkish salad of peeled and chopped tomatoes, cucumber, long green pepper, onion and parsley. The dressing is a simple mixture of olive oil, lemon juice and salt which gives it a refreshing tangy taste.
This dip platter comes with a freshly-baked lavash bread. The Turkish flatbread is so soft and fluffy, it’s good enough to eat it on its own. It also pairs extremely well with the various dips.
Turkish cuisine is well-known for its charcoal-grilled meats. If you want to try a little of everything, you can order Mix Cappa Kebab [S$58.90]. It is a huge platter of adana lamb, adana chicken, shish tawook, shish kebab and chicken wings. Butter rice and garden salad completes the meal.
The platter is huge with enough food to share among 3-4 people.
Lemonade Mint [S$11.90] is perfect for balancing out the oiliness from the meats.
Ayran is a savory drink popular in Asia and Europe. Traditional Turkish Ayran [S$9.90] is a mixture of yogurt, water and salt. To cater to Singaporean’s preference for sweet taste, there are Strawberry Ayran and Mango Ayran.
This is Mango Ayran [S$11.90], a delicious cold mango-flavor yogurt drink which is thick and creamy.
If I could only eat one Turkish dessert for the rest o my life, I will definitely choose Kunefe [S$16.90]. Thin vermicelli pastry is baked with soft cheese and served with sweet syrup and cream. It’s creamy, crunchy and cheesy all rolled in one divine dessert.
Cappadocia Turkish Restaurant
Address: 69 Bussorah Street, Singapore 199482
Opening Hours: Monday – Thursday 11am – 11pm, Friday 11am – 1am, Saturday- Sunday 11am – 2am