Last month we had visited a very warm and ultra chic dining outlet offering Turkish Cuisine in the Capital of UAE, Petek. Upon arrival, we noticed the restaurant was brimming with locals, who are fondly streaming in for authentic Turkish fare, we happily joined the night anticipating great food and to enjoy lovely ambiance.
The menu is extensive with over 100 offerings. Hence our host has helped us choosing through their best of the best. Don’t worry you can still choose on your own as in spite of Turkish names each dish has a line of the description mentioned in Digitalized IPAD menu. That is especially witty and beneficial as waiters are Turkish and few not so fluent in English, but so well-oriented in customer dealings and their table duties.
The plush peripheral of Petek restaurant glitters in night-light too, and the corner plot site makes it easy to find. The swanky theme continues inside with its luxurious blue furnishings and Turkish furniture. Petek has divided into two floors the lower one is the bakery confectionary part, while the first floor is a spacious dining room.
Upon arrival we were greeted by a professional staff member and the first two things arrived at our table were the warm tomato based soup along with freshly baked bread and a vast selection of their popular appetizers which do contain the traditional Arabic hummus, baba ghanoush, etc. However few of my favorites tradition Turkish ones includes Abugannus, Ali Nazik. Semiz Otu (Warm Beetroot in yogurt and touch of Garlic) & Çerkez Tavuğu – Rich in nuts.
We go for a refreshing apples and walnuts salad with a hint of spiciness. The chunks of walnut add textured, and orange segments incorporate the tanginess in this dish. Our next dish, the succulent Pistachio Kibbeh was a pleasant nutty surprise, filled with minced meat and coated with pistachio after being diagonally cut this makes for a delicious side.
Petek offers a good selection of mains on offer with grills, tavas, stews, pides, rice, etc. We opted for Testi Kebap from their Special Orders menu part. It is indeed one of my favorite mixed kebabs combination of lamb chunks, chicken shish, hashas kebab, tomato kebab served with sumac onion, grilled green pepper and tomato. The meat was so tender and juicy. We also requested for Safron rice to try out with the succulent meat. I love the constant fresh arrival of the bread on our table. Aromatic fresh herbs legit make this dish the best on their menu for meat lovers.
Then comes the dish with challenging cooking aesthetics involved and had stolen the show with fire display; yes the marinated diced Lamb cubes with Chef’s selection of fresh Herbs in, Shallots, Green and Red Peppers, Tomato, Mushrooms. Chef has set the sealed pot ablaze and hit-break the top of same in food trolley. All these will happen in front of the diners and will keep your attention intact throughout (I would suggest keeping the naughty toddlers away while the staff is performing their act of fire cooking). The dish is as delicious as it is simple and proves to be the perfect way to end a memorable evening.
There was Desserts galore starting off from TRADITIONAL TURKISH BAKLAVA. Yes, this baked heavenly Carrot-shaped ice cream baklava has perfect flaky pastry i-e achieved via two layers of crispy phyllo dough, filled with their homemade authentic Turkish ice cream or Dondorma.
Next, we tried was Trileçe – Most malleable Sponge cake I ever had. It was soaked in milk and poured over with flavored caramel sauce. Kids loved their Creme CHOCOLATE, which is Milky chocolate pudding topped with almond pieces. Hubby liked their PANNA COTTA which was served with fresh raspberries coulis.
All in all at Petek we savor very tasty, entertaining, but tad pricey meal. The name ‘’Petek’’ means honeycomb, and our memories are dining at this place were nothing but sweet. This foodie outlet boosts the Turkish charm with its unique taste combined with excellent service. Post desserts we got indulged in coffee. They do the signature flaming cup of Turkish coffee and have perfected the art of the cup!We will surely be back for more turkish goodness.
Turkish, European, Arabian, Desserts, Middle Eastern
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