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Having opened little more than three months ago, the Bosphorus restaurant, hidden away in the Souq Waqif, is the latest place to try Turkish cuisine for a reasonable price.

When we entered, the restaurant didn’t really feel like a restaurant at all to us. We sat at the front on the ground floor, and from where we were we could see little else of the restaurant, with solid walls in the way. That said, at the end of the meal we explored a little more and noticed that upstairs had a more comfortable vibe and the terrace on the third floor was where everyone hung out, smoking shisha in a relaxed atmosphere and enjoying the food.

First came a sherbet refreshment, on the house, to get us started. It was effectively like a rose flavoured Turkish delight in liquid form, quite refreshing but also a little too concentrated.

After an in-depth discussion with the helpful and knowledgeable waiter about Turkish cuisine, we opted for a miscellaneous selection of meze plates– yaprak sarma, saksuk and ezme, complemented by a serviceable flatbread. The ezme was delightful – the spiciness of the chilli peppers hosed down by the pulped tomatoes for perfect balance; the yaprak sarma, however, was too dry; the rice and vine leaves leaving us needing a swig of water to get it down our throats.

For mains, we decided to leave all kebabs off the radar and share an assorted pide – it’s like a selection of pizzas and mostly to our satisfaction. Two slices each of strained yoghurt, minced beef, cheese and lamb & peppers all doing a good job in filling us up.

Added to that we had the et guvec lamb stew. Not to sound derogatory, the stew was exactly that – the lamb, onions and peppers worked well as decent grub to fill you up, but the lamb could have be more tender. That said, we still scoffed it down. Feeling that the meal could have been better, the saving grace for the evening was the price.

A selection of baklava was handed to us as a friendly gift, rather than letting it go to waste, and it was nice that the Turkish tea, which is usually the kind of thing that elevates the price, was also complimentary, making the final cost an affordable one and value for money.

The bill (for two)

Mezze yaprak sarma QR15
Mezze saksuk QR15
Mezze ezme QR15
Mixed Pide QR35
Et guvec (lamb stew) QR55
Sparkling water x2 QR24
Total QR159

By Time Out Doha staff
Time Out Doha,

Time Out reviews restaurants anonymously and pays for meals. Of course, we cannot guarantee the accuracy or independence of user reviews.

Details

  • Location: Jasra, Doha
  • Tel: 3358 0062
  • Travel: Souq Waqif

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