Topkapi Palace Manchester – on Deansgate in the heart of the city centre – is nothing short of an institution. They’ve been grilling since 1979, and having just moved premises to accommodate their ever-growing customer base, they seem to be going from strength to strength. It’s easy to see why, as their take on traditional Turkish cuisine, from doner kebabs to mezze and all in between, in unparallelled is perfect for the pre-theatre (or post-pub) crowd.
For a city centre restaurant to still be in business after nearly 30 years is an achievement. For it still to be growing after three decades is nothing short of astounding. In the case of Topkapi Palace Manchester, it might be astounding but it certainly isn’t surprising, given the warmth shown by the Manchester public to this Turkish institution on Deansgate. Their secret? We don’t think that there is one. Just quality food and friendly service, time and again, dished up morning, noon and night.
Their menu is everything you would expect from a city centre Turkish restaurant. When they began as a corner kebab house in 1979, they stuck to the basics of grilled meat, served to go, but as their popularity has grown and grown, they have expanded to include the full repertoire of Turkish cuisine. Mezze, hummus, moussaka and more abound, and Manchester’s foodies can’t get enough, whether they be part of pre-theatre crowd heading to the Opera House and the Bridgewater Hall, or part of the Deansgate tornado at 3am, simply looking for that essential kebab.
One of the best restaurants in Manchester - always fresh, cooked well and perfect. Never had a bad meal here in the last 3 years and we go every week. Lovely staff and super clean.
A very good and pleasant experience. To be commended for its food, service & value. Highly recommended for an excellent Turkish meal at a reasonable price in Manchester.
Fantastic food and you don't have to wait long, service was great and the staff were very friendly. Chilled atmosphere. We will be going back soon
great food and service. Pleasant venue with comfortable seating. Loved the mixed meze and the beans. Food portions were a good size and plenty of pitta bread! A good evening
Met as we walked in. Restaurant extremely busy but we had booked so were shown to our table. Given the menus and left to look at them. Waitress took drinks order and about 5 minutes later we were able to order food. We both chose the same mains but the waitress checked with the kitchen as she knew there was a wait for that particular dish. This was going to be an hour so we ordered something else. Within 10 minutes our starters arrived.....absolutely delicious. The mains came out within two minutes and once again delicious and hot. When we asked for the bill, it arrived within a couple of minutes with some mints. The manager also came over to check everything was ok. We paid and left but people were queuing to be seated.
The atmosphere was lovely, sat us down with drinks whilst we waited for a table that we liked the look of (we were 40 minutes early for our reservation) but the staff couldn't do enough. The food was beautiful and the chocolate orange cocktail was to die for. We visit Turkey a lot a love the hospitality there, Top Kapi is a wonderful piece of Turkey in our home town. The waiters and waitresses are a credit to this place. It's not huge, which I think makes it more special. Looking forward to our next visit.
The starters were really good, they were the highlight of our evening. The main courses were ok at best. We were a group of 4 and each of us ordered something different: shish kebab, pirzola, special chicken, lamb shanks. While we did not hate what we ate, none of us rated the food high, either. The pilav served alongside the main courses was awful. Are you sure the chef is Turkish? Because it definitely was not the Turkish style rice pilav that we ate. Dessert, on the other hand, was a complete disaster. We ordered baklava. What was served was not baklava at all, maybe sarıburma or şöbiyet, but not baklava. Moreover, it came with this sauce that really masked the taste of the dessert. Please do something about your baklava, it ruins the name of this otherwise beautiful dessert.
Went to Topkapi on Deansgate Manchester for the first time after reading reviews on line and passing it many times on our visits to Manchester. It was smaller inside than expected,but that made it more cosy in a way. The food was delicious. Fresh tasting with lovely salads. The presentation was very good. Although they did not have our first selection of wines, we did end up with a Classic Italian wine we like and they charged us as if it was the house wine. A lovely jesture of good will. We will be returning.
Had a beautiful lunch here yesterday, the food was outstanding and the service was faultless. The lady looking after us is a credit to this place, she created the perfect atmosphere and we couldn't have wished for better. I love the fact that there are so many vegetarian options available too. I would highly recommend Top Kapi and am looking forward to our next visit. If there was 10 stars available then I would have given 10!!!
The staff were most helpful, friendly and attentive. We shared some starters and desserts and our waitress brought us extra plates for this ,all with a great sense of humour. When we had finished and commented on how enjoyable the meal was, she said she would tell the chef as he would be very pleased. Our clean plates also pleased her. We shall definitely return.