When your life revolves around seeking out new restaurants to write about, returning to one you’ve eaten at before becomes a lot more significant. Almost directly after my initial night-time review of Turka, I gathered up a crew and went back to try the Turka Big Breakfast ($25/head, $10/kids).
The bulk of the breakfast is arranged on a large sharing board that takes up most of your table. Stringy haloumi is the highlight of a series of Turkish cheeses, enjoyed alone or dragged though condiments like a little bowl of tahini and grape molasses. Fresh cucumber and tomatoes, fresh fruit, dried fruit and nuts, and two different incarnations of olives give your palate plenty of little flavour bursts.
Sweet-toothed diners will enjoy the little log of pistachio halva, as well as the condiments – honey and Turkish jams – eaten on baguette rounds and simit (sesame-seed encrusted circular Turkish breads).
Separate to the board, you’ll receive little metal pans of eggs. Menemen (normally $15) is a light and summery scrambled eggs adaptation, tossed through with fresh tomato, capsicum and parsley.
Sucuklu Yumurta (normally $16) are fried eggs with tasty rounds of Turkish chorizo (sucuk) sitting in their whites.
We also got Spinach and Feta Gozleme (normally $15) though as this dish is pretty ubiquitous even here in Australia, I probably would have just preferred more bread so as not to waste so much jam.
We stayed thematic with Turkish beverages – little patterned teacups of Turkish Coffee ($4) and clear ones of bright Turkish Apple Tea ($2) – though you can have ordinary espresso if you prefer.
It’s a nice way to have a relaxed breakfast with friends, and our bill for the meal came to $165 for five adults and a kid. Don’t feel you need to gather up a crew – Turka will also do their big Turkish breakfast for pairs. In terms of everyone being able to easily access everything on the board-based brekky, to my mind it would work best for a table of four.
NOTE: You can see a dinner review of this restaurant HERE.
Turka - Café | Meze | Bar
4/6 Willoughby Road, Crows Nest
Ph: (02) 8592 1267