Thursday, February 17, 2011

Ahmet's Turkish Restaurant @ South Bank, Brisbane

Walk past Ahmet's at South Bank on a weekend and you will usually see a crowd like packed sardines in a can. We have heard pretty good things from a friend who in turn heard from another friend but with crowded restaurants usually mean it is good but one may expect long waiting time and probably hurriedly cooked food. 

On Friday just before our musical, the Wife decided we shall dine there, seeing that it was virtually empty and it was only 6pm. 


Something that I realised in Australia is that bread at most places is not complimentary. Instead you have to pay AUD 5 for warm Turkish bread which thankfully was worth paying for. However, it was another AUD 5 for the Hummus dip which was alright as i had better.  

Before we had two bites of the bread dipped in hummus, the mains arrived. Clearly, they only know how to work in extra fast mode. 


The Mousakka was served without the bechamel sauce and cheese that I remember having in our last meal of Mousakka back in Malaysia. This feels much lighter with the tomato paste bringing the eggplant and minced meat together in one dish. Although the highlight of this dish has to be the Turkish rice, fluffy and light, I wonder what did they put inside.  


The Iskender is basically roast lamb, more turkish bread, tomato puree served with yoghurt and rice. It wasn't superb but the meat was well flavoured and cooked. 

By the end of it, the bread and rice almost put us into a comatose. 


The Baklava came calling and the Wife ordered the hazelnut version. Unfortunately, it came out all oily and it wasn't as sweet as what we expect from baklava. Sweet tooth or not, i think some sugar is missing. However don't attempt to polish a plate on your own, it is a very heavy dessert.

Prices aren't cheap but not overly dear with mains at the AUD20-30 mark and the whole meal came just a tad over AUD80 for two.

Will i come again? Maybe if it wasn't as rushed and judging from some of the reviews I have read, definitely not on a weekend night when the crazy crowd is apparent.

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Verdict: 3.5 stars out of 5 stars. I don't know if it is authentic or not but whatever we ordered was pretty good.


CUMI & CIKI said...

lighter? wow, there is nothing light looking about the Mousakka, but i'll take your word for it:) hehe

Man the meal looks huge. Like I said, if you are earning Aussie, it's really worth it. So, how heavy are you now?! :P

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

c&c: haha its just eggplant and meat, not light meh? im heavy enough.

minchow said...

Bread non complimentary? Carbs are sooo discriminated against, it's not fair!

Sean said...

wow, how much would a small ordinary bread platter cost at a regular western/italian restaurant then? then again, this could all be a blessing in disguise, to prevent us from filling up on complimentary bread before the proper meal! :D

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

minchow: yeah man..not that it is really to discourage u from carbs.

Michelle Chin said...

when my mom was in turkey, she did not even get the chance to eat the things you ate. so sad right?

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

sean: usually if its real fine dining, its free if not u prob pay aud5 a basket. yeah its kinda true though, so u got stomach for the main course!

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

mchin: aiks what did she eat? i hope she ate some turkish delight!

CUMI & CIKI said...

no cheese meh? of course there is cheese!! where got light.. Mousakkaaaaa :P

Tummy Rumble said...

Portion looks darn big man..

Gastronomy Gal said...

hmmm- I went here last week. We got a banquet which was good value but I didn't really love the food!

Tummy Rumble said...

I was thinking of Ahmed the terrorist when i saw ahmet.. haha

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

tummyrumble: haha no terrorist serving us food man!

gastronomy gal: definitely big portions being served here.

c&c: no cheese wor, let me ask if it was a low fat version haha.

Brisbane Devoured said...

Ive been to Ahmets numerous times, usually when we can't find anything else... the food is alright, i wouldnt say its my favourite place but it does the job haha! It is definitely always packed out with people though.

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

brisbanedevoured: well whats good out there at southbank, let me know!