Recent reviews

3 years ago

Came here on a Sunday evening with a big family of 8. The interior is a lot bigger than one would anticipate — and really atmospheric, dimly lit and have massive tables (especially for large groups)! I would, however, recommend brightening up their lights ever so slightly to suit kids and elderly (which we had). We ordered an array of Cold and Hot Mezzes, Grill, Mains, Pasta and Casseroles. For also added one rice and one grilled bread. Please note I was unable to recall their menu names, but you should be able to refer to them as I have sectioned it according to the menu and the first few words of the dish description of their menu. All of their dishes arrived almost all at once and quite promptly too! THIS IS HOW IT SHOULD BE! Especially for big families; no one wants to be waiting around for dishes especially if it’s for sharing. We requested for sharing plates for each of us since most of the dishes are actually for individuals. The Mezzes mostly consisted of eggplant-based dishes, which we had to get 2x for the number of people we had. The eggplants were cooked to perfection and melted away in your mouth. We also got Lamb Kofte balls which were super crunchy on the outside and well-seasoned. From the Grill we got the chargrilled Lamb Scotch Fillet, which came with 2 breads and 3 different dips. The Lamb chunks were grilled medium rare perfectly and I cannot fault it at all! As Turks are known for specialising in their Lamb, we also got 2x of the Chargrilled Lamb Cutlets which were really well-portioned! This would be one of my favourites. Again, meat was tender and cooked perfectly and well-seasoned. Underneath the 3 big stacks of cutlets is a mixed potato, eggplant and tomato dip/casserole; best enjoyed while hot! From the casseroles we got both the Chicken-based one and the Seafood one (they have 3 options, the other being vegetarian). Both of these were outstanding! I personally preferred the chicken one more as it was more juicy and flavoursome than the seafood one. Both are tomato and eggplant-based casseroles and definitely recommend ordering some Turkish bread to go with it! We also ordered the Seafood Pasta (I think Penne?) which was also amazing and another one of my favourites! Extremely creamy and just the right amount of saltiness; and the pasta was cooked really well! The only downside is that the portion side is a bit small in comparison to the other dishes and didn’t have much seafood in it. The rice is actually more a combination rice mainly consisting of couscous; which is more enjoyable than plain rice and topped with some parsley/mint. THE BREAD THOUGH. Get their bread! Amazingly crunchy without being dry and it has punchiness of flavours in itself! Don’t know how that’s possible but wow the bread by far exceeded my expectations! Overall my family scraped every plate clean (albeit we do also have pretty big appetites) and all left extremely full and satisfied! This would have to be one of the better places we’ve dined at as a family! And my family is usually pretty hard to please! Service was really attentive, we were first seated and served by a girl who was on her first day and kindly referred their manager over when I asked questions about the menu. Their manager was friendly, albeit a little bit awkward and kind of made me feel uncomfortable... Food: 10/10 Price: 8/10 Service: 8/10 Ambience: 8/10 (can go either way depending on context)

3 years ago

Loved the service! Came on a Sunday night so it was really quiet but the waiter checked up on us constantly to see how the meal was and if we wanted something else. Really good customer service. Food was good but slightly on the pricey side considering the quantity. If I hadn't eaten prior, I probably would've still been hungry! Calamari was super tasty, so was the lamb platter, pizza was a little bland, could've worked better with more hummus or an aioli topping.

3 years ago

Nice turkish place with tasty food! Friendly staff and food was good! Went with a bunch of friends and we all had a great time!! Highly recommend this place!!

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Taksim Turkish Kitchen and Bar, Epsom
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373 Manukau Road, Epsom, Auckland 1023
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Taksim Turkish Kitchen and Bar, Epsom