The Food network has had an interesting journey so far, we have visited three restaurants, and have sampled a wide variety of delectable dishes so far. Selecting the top 4 from the food we've had wasn't easy but based on the reviews given and the wide appreciation the dishes received these are the top 4 dishes for the network so far.
1. Mango Lassi- Spice Curry House
Çankaya Mahallesi, Uğurmumcu caddesi 73/5. G.O.P, 06700 Ankara
(0312) 446 68 85
The Mango Lassi (a sweet yoghurt based drink made with mangoes) came on top as a surprise but comfortable winner in all of the food item's we've had so far. The drink was such a hit that some of the people who ordered it had multiple rounds of the Lassi since they couldn't get enough. This drink is one that is extremely popular in Pakistan and India, as it is known for it's sweet flavor while also being an extremely brilliant source of hydration in the sweltering heat of the subcontinent. The drink would set you back 12 TL at Spice Curry House but with an average rating of 10.25/10 (yes it actually got an 11/10 as well), Mango Lassi alone makes Spice Curry House a must visit. In order to help those who can't make the trip to G.O.P in the brutal cold of Ankara, I've added a video link below to help some of you to try and make it at home.
2. Coconut Curry Chicken :- Spice Curry House
Coconut Curry Chicken was the best main dish that we've had on our Journey so far. The chicken was mildly spicy but had a tantalizing amount of flavor, with the coconut cream, apricot chutney, almonds and the chicken itself combining together to produce a work of art. The dish is a very South Indian one with influences seen from the nearby Sri lankan and Bangladeshi cuisine hence why it might not be the first dish that pops into your mind when you think about Indian food. However the South of India as a region can be described as a hidden gem of the subcontinental culinary arts and this dish helps prove why. The dish cost 29 TL at the restaurant (the divine combination of Naan bread, Mango Lassi and Coconut Curry would set you back 45 TL) and had an average rating of 9.75/10 from our reviewers. Another video has been added to help the adventurous home cooks to try and make the perfect coconut curry!
3. Kebab Soltani- Cafe Perspolis
Kavaklıdere Mahallesi, Büklüm Sokağı 6/B, 06680 Çankaya/Ankara
0543 942 59 59
Kebab Soltani is one of the signature dishes of Iranian cuisine, Iranian food takes great pride in the quality of their meat and the combination of subtle but effective flavors such as Butter and Saffron with rice etc. Cafe Perspolis is a quaint little family run establishment in the heart of Ankara, however the restaurant itself was the only one that the reviewers on our blog didn't praise across the board and it received very average reviews. However the Kebab Soltani most definitely stood out and packed a fantastic amount of flavor with the meat being absolutely spot on as well. The dish gathered an average score of 9.33/10 and would set you back around 40 TL. Here's another video to help our readers to give it a shot making the Iranian culinary crown jewel at home.
4. Iskender Kebap:- Masabasi Kizilay
Kızılay Mahallesi, Mithatpaşa Cd. 62/A, 06420 Ankara/Çankaya/Ankara
(0312) 417 07 80
The Iskender Kebap is the last entry on our list of fantastic dishes we've had so far. The Iskender was absolutely amazing, with the doner, the bread, the sauce everything causing the dish to give Turkish cuisine a more than stellar representation with the Yabanci's. In-fact if our group's toughest reviewer the Frenchman Eric didn't give a low rating. the dish might've leapfrogged the Kebab Soltani into third place. The Iskender at Masabasi was for around 30 TL and was worth every penny hence getting an average score of 8.5/10. A video has been added for all those who believe in their culinary skills to the extent of trying to make the pride of Turkish cuisine at home.