Anatoli – A Taste of Turkey in Cape Town

“There is no better reflection of a culture than through its food”. True words and the right way to introduce Anatoli restaurant as is done on their website. Anatoli seems to have been on the Cape Town food scene forever.  The building was completed in 1904 and it was 100 years later that current owners Tayfun and Louise Aras took ownership to continue the tradion of serving authentic Turkish cuisine to locals and tourism in De Waterkant – close to the V&A Waterfront.

I have celebrated many achievements at this colourful establishment and went back on the first night of the World Travel Market Africa with tourism colleagues.  The experience was almost an exact re-play of my previous dinners here.

The way to get going at Anatoli is to pick from the mezza tray which shows close to 30 tasty starter portions.  Some are cold and others hot.  All delicious.  Wipe the bowls clean with bread and move on to the main course IF you can.  The mezzes are filling and the variety will have you dipping into many plates.  I always have the potato boregi – mashed potatoes with cheese and chilli wrapped in phyllo.

We shared 3 main dishes between our party of 6 and still could not finish the portions. A favourite is the Anatolian Lamb – cubed lamb cooked with rosemary, oregano, red peppers and rosa tomatoes. Tasty!  We washed this down with a red blend from Hemel-en-Aarde’s Creation which we brought and paid a corkage for.  Tayfun has a good palate and have a number of my region’s Overberg wines to pair with the plates.

Only a few of us managed to try the desserts before we rolled out and away to our accommodation to prepare for day 2 of WTMA.