Turkish cuisine is so much more than doner kebabs and fried falafel balls. From the centuries-old cuisine of the Ottoman empire to modern Anatolian cooking, Turkish food is packed with tradition. No matter whether you opt for a modern or more traditional interpretation of the cuisine, you'll be spoilt for choice at the many Turkish restaurants in Edinburgh. Turkish cuisine is great for vegetarians, and features an array of meat-free dishes for folks who prefer a plant-based diet. Edinburgh's Turkish restaurants can be found all over the city, although most of them are based in the city centre. From kebab houses and takeaways to upscale dining establishments and traditional mom-and-pop eateries, there are Turkish restaurants in Edinburgh for every budget.
The incredible food you'll experience at Turkish restaurants in Edinburgh is not anything new, although it has become considerably more trendy in recent years. During the Ottoman Empire from 1299 to 1922, what is now Turkey, some of the Middle East and much of eastern and southern Europe were under the control of the Ottomans. Because the empire was vast and very diverse, the cuisine of the Ottomans became highly influenced by the traditional foods of the conquered cultures including Greece, the Balkans and the Caucasus to name just a few. Some of the dishes go back as far as the Hellenistic period, while others were adopted much later. Roasted pigeon and ayva dolma were considered royal delicacies back in the old days, but you can easily try them today in one of the many Turkish restaurants in Edinburgh.
There are so many fantastic Turkish dishes to try that it can be tough to know where to start. Breakfast is never a bad choice, and the Turkish do it particularly well. Turkish breakfasts are typically rich and include butter, eggs, at least one variety of cheese, sausage and sweet delights like homemade bread with honey and jam. For lunch, start with a tasty soup, or take a gözleme on the go if you're in a hurry. When it comes dinner, it's time to splurge – be sure to try an iskender kebap, which comprises thinly sliced grilled lamb with hot tomato sauce, melted sheep butter and yogurt. If you're a vegetarian, you can't go wrong with an order of imam bayildi – a dish consisting of a whole eggplant stuffed with tomatoes, garlic and onions plus an array of herbs and spices. You can try each and every one of these dishes plus many others at any of the Turkish restaurants in Edinburgh.
For late night eats, nothing satisfies more than a kebab, and for a hangover breakfast, there are many Turkish restaurants in Edinburgh to revive you. Whether you are planning a romantic evening that will knock the socks off your date, in search of a satisfying late night snack, or perhaps you just want to try some new dishes with your group of friends, there's certainly a Turkish restaurant in Edinburgh that will fit to your budget and tastes. It's easy with Quandoo – all you have to do is browse through restaurants by cuisine, price range, or location, book a table for free and head to the restaurant. And after dining at one of the best Turkish restaurants in Edinburgh, share your opinion by leaving a review on the Quandoo website and earn Loyalty Points in the process! It's that easy.