Turkish restaurants are world renowned and Manchester city centre has its fair share. It is host to several very well respected dining venues, some within walking distance of its impressive Victorian town hall. From historic Deansgate to Piccadilly Gardens you're never too far away from this signature world cuisine. Fresh and delicious, from traditional kebabs to spit roast and chargrilled meats and fish, all are accompanied by fine home-made salads and sauces.
From humble takeaways to more up-market establishments, doner, shish and chicken kebabs grace the tables and entice the palette in Manchester city centre's Turkish restaurants. Signature dishes are particularly suited to the preparation of succulent meats like lamb, beef, chicken and fish served with fresh salads, rice and delicious savoury dips like hummus (chickpea dip), haydari (yogurt and garlic dip), domates sosu (tomato dip) and baharatli zeytinyagi (spicy olive oil).
Once upon a time The North of England was home to a host of fish and chip shops but its takeaway scene was massively enhanced with the arrival of Mediterranean fare in the shape of Turkish takeaway restaurants, particularly in Manchester city centre with its more cosmopolitan vibe. Suburbs like Prestwich, Chorlton and Didsbury also have their fair share of Middle Eastern and Mediterranean restaurants and seemingly every high street has its own kebab shop. Turkish restaurants in Manchester city centre are renowned for their welcoming atmosphere, for their music and for their laid back, relaxed vibe. Some Turkish restaurants in Manchester city centre even lay on a treat with live entertainment including belly dancing, traditional dancing from waiters, resident DJs and native musicians. Audience participation is often encouraged though if you're faint of heart you'll no doubt be relieved to know it's not compulsory.
Much of this famous Mediterranean cuisine is based on the preparation of vegetables. Eggplants - or aubergines - create moussaka, a well-known and loved dish made with minced lamb. Stuffed vine leaves, or dolma come as part of a meze (a selection of dishes all served together) or they can accompany a main meal as a side dish. Kofte are very popular meatballs, made from finely ground minced beef. Many of Manchester city centre's Turkish restaurants also serve other Mediterranean fare, like Greek and Italian staples.