Hg2 : The Hedonist

Anatoli

Dining out in Cape Town, and looking for something more than just food? At Anatoli, the authentic cuisine and bazaar-like atmosphere will transport you to foreign place. Step into the renovated hull of this century-old Victorian warehouse, and you immediately relinquish the glam of the city’s nearby Cape Quarter in favour of an atmosphere that’s exotic and filled with the scents and sounds of Anatolia-ancient Turkey. Like most converted warehouses the space is vast, and would be awkward were it not for the uninhibited use of gigantic rugs and drapes-everywhere you look, there’s another piece of Turkey assembled over the 25 years since Anatoli opened for business. The three interconnected rooms are warm-hued, lantern-lit, and stuffed with Turkish paraphernalia, but the best part is that it isn’t in the least bit stuffy or pretentious. You can stick to just ordering the multiple mezzes (served on a large wooden tray, with at least 22 different kinds to choose from), combined with freshly-baked Turkish flat bread that’s delivered, piping hot, to your table. Sharing is of course essential. If you have space for more, think about lamb shanks cooked in orange juice; swordfish kebabs (exceptional but not always available) or lamb prepared in yoghurt. End with proper baklava or similarly flaky kadayif, and a tot of Tayfun’s specially imported aniseed liqueur, raki.

Address
24 Napier Street,
Green Point
Telephone
+27 21 419 2501
Website
anatoli.co.za
Opening Times
7-10.30pm Mon-Sat
Price
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