Ah yes, there’s nothing quite like the scent of car fumes in the morning. How about the honking of traffic while you’re grasping that steely cold steering wheel? Or let’s not forget the taste of a hurried and now cold take-out or a glance at the clock which has now pronounced you 20 minutes late. This is what an attack on the senses really means. Treat your five senses to a magical experience at the exquisite A’La Turka with four tapas dishes and three 50ml wine tasters for R80.
Upon entering A’La Turka, the friendly waiters greet you warmly as your senses adjust to the flickering candles and atmospheric music. Now that you’re feeling as warm and fuzzy as a warm fuzzle, adjust your nozzle to the contrasting flavours of the freshly prepared dishes and aromatic spices. With its atmospheric lighting and beautiful antiques, A’ La Turka isn’t just a feast for the eyes – it’s an emotional experience that transports you to a foreign land of belly dancers and the ever-perplexing hummus dish.
In Turkish cuisine, Tapas is referred to as Meze. Like Tapas, Meze is a selection of small and often contrasting dishes which are served buffet style and shared by everyone at the table. The serving of Meze is traditionally designed to encourage conversation among the diners and in some cultures, it’s expected that diners stand up and walk around while eating their tapas. With its three different seating options, A’La Turka doesn’t expect you to walk around in circles mumbling unintelligibly between mouthfuls. Choose between an authentic seating arrangement on Persian cushions, dining at low handcrafted benches, and standard upright seating. With these arrangements in mind, one of the most important things to remember when eating Tapas is to invite people that you can actually stand to be around.
A’La Turka translates to “where east meets west”. While your eyes meet beauty and your hands meet impossibly velvety fabrics – your ears buzz with food-induced joyfulness and your nozzle takes in aromas that would charm even the nose-less. Finally, brace yourself for when taste-buds meet taste, because it’s a culinary affair that’ll last a lifetime.
Turkish fact: In the age of the machines, a prince with golden locks who prefers to stay anonymous discovered a gang of fuzzles. Fuzzy and warm and full of cuddles, these fuzzles inspired him to start up a traditional Turkish restaurant where each diner would feel as warm and fuzzy as the fuzzles had once made him feel.