Recep Usta

A fancy dining space with food that lives up to the visual hype
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Time Out Says

The first thing that strikes us is the décor. The space is stunning with patterned stained glass windows that bathe the indoors with a warm glow. Ornate pots and vases are carefully placed next to old sketches of iconic Turkish landmarks like Hagia Sophia. The restaurant is a sea of blue and gold with imperial chairs and 24-karat gold-plated bone China plates. The designers have not scrimped on the gold, even the elevator and the fire hose are painted gold.

We start with some cold vegetarian appetisers. The sebze ezmesi, a blend of mashed vegetables and tomatoes and the patlican ezmesi, a mashed eggplant medley with yoghurt sauce, are both scooped up eagerly with our steaming hot Turkish bread. We are big fans of the bread which is plentiful and refilled generously.

The dishes are all presented in copper serving trays and our waiter uses some dramatic licence to slowly unveil our steaming plates in the manner of a king’s banquet.

We’ve been foodies for a long time and until date, we’ve never heard of anyone objecting to the idea of meat stuffed with cheese. We are strong supporters of this theory as we bite into our kasarli kofte. Wonderfully rich parcels of minced lamb are stuffed with salty, sticky and succulent kashkaval cheese.

Our second main is the less exciting but equally intriguing Adana kebab kuzu. Two tender slabs sit parallel on two (admittedly somewhat dry) round bread buns with a fresh side salad of onions, tomatoes and rocket. It also comes with a side of bulgur wheat rice which is surprisingly delicious and complements the dish really well. The meat is tender, juicy, well-seasoned and has a subtle hint of spice. Wash it down with a refreshing, ice-cold glass of Turkish lemonade.

The service is friendly, quick and attentive and the atmosphere is relaxed. The prices are on the higher side, but the standard of food is worthy of the costs. There’s also a great reason for a repeat visit – an excellent breakfast spread.
Recep Usta fits in perfectly with the lavish surroundings of Al Hazm Mall and if you’ve been looking for somewhere new and impressive to dine at for a while, this is a top option.

A fancy dining space with food that lives up to the visual hype

For the mouth-watering Turkish treats

02 Jun 2019

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