Since my eating schedule has become rather random lately thanks to my internship, I tend to eat lunch later in the afternoon right about the time I start getting light-headed and my stomach feels like a giant hand is squeezing emptiness out of it (doubt that makes much sense, but just go with it). My point is, I tend to eat lunch when I absolutely have to because I get so focused on my work I don’t want to stop.
At about 1 PM, my co-worker Roger and I finally headed out to lunch to a little café we had driven by earlier in the week. We both like trying new places to eat so we chose this as our latest victim.
Little did we know, the place had closed down. We walk up to the door only to see that the entire restaurant had been gutted and nothing remained but light fixtures and chipped walls.
Plan B. Again, earlier in the week we had driven by a Turkish restaurant that we thought looked rather interesting. I suggested we try this place instead.
Turquoise Grill it was! We walked in to a quite, but spacious restaurant with Middle Eastern-style colors and wall decorations. I understand Turkey isn’t a Middle Eastern country, but their culture does have influences from other Middle Eastern cultures.
Moving on. We sat down in the corner all excited about our cultural excursion we were about to embark on. We are both fans of trying new foods, so we were glad we had chosen this place!
After vacillating between so many good-looking dishes on the menu, we settled on Doner wraps. For those who are unaware of what Doner is, it’s seasoned meat roasted on a vertical spit. (It is also called a gyro.)
It was excellent. Although large, it was super light and filling.
I have actually been to Turkey, believe it or not, and despite what some may say, this country was amazing! The food from this restaurant definitely reminded me of the meals we ate over there.
On a side note, I suggest everyone visit this country if they get the chance. Talk about a culture shock, but in a good way! As if I’m not a fan of enough things, I love learning about different cultures, and this was definitely one of my favorite places to visit just because they live so differently than how we live here in the States.
Needless to say, Roger and I now want to plan a weekly lunch outing to different exotic restaurants around SA. Let’s hope our stomachs can handle it!
P.S. Don’t let the outside of the Turquoise Grill or the area it’s in discourage you from trying it out. It’s one of those hidden treasures where you just have to try it to understand.
Have you guys ever tried Turkish food?