One of things I’ve noticed since being in Canberra is that there’s a lot more options for Turkish cuisine than there are in Perth. A and I love this aspect of Canberra and have dined at a few Turkish restaurants since our arrival.
The Turkish Halal Pide House in Yarralumla is predominantly a takeaway venue, with a steady stream of customers ordering kebabs for lunch or dinner. A and I have visited twice now – the first for an amazing doner kebab (made with housemade bread and quality meat) and the second for a Pidehouse Banquet.
The Pidehouse Banquet was a spur of the moment decision on a Saturday night a few weeks ago. A had felt like a Turkish pide so we decided to head to Yarralumla’s Turkish Halal Pide House. When we arrived, A spotted the variety of banquets on offer that offer a number of different items for the reasonable price of $20 per person. We opted for a banquet to sample what The Turkish Halal Pide House had to offer.
The first dish of our banquet to arrive was the selection of dips and pide bread (commonly known as Turkish bread), with kabak mucveri and felafel. The kabak mucveri (fried zucchini puffs served with yoghurt sauce) were delicious and we both loved the hummus and beetroot dips.
The second dish to arrive was the lamb and chicken skewers and sliced lamb doner kebab, served with a garlic and salsa sauce with rice and marinated vegetables. It was also served with a fresh salad. I love Turkish rice, which has sehriye, a type of pasta, added to the rice. This is similar to Egyptian rice, which is made with vermicelli instead. There was so much meat on the plate for the two of us that there was no way we were going to finish it. Instead, I just took a small sample of everything on the plate. The standout for me was the lamb doner kebab meat, which was so tender and the accompanying garlic sauce that was drizzled over it was a perfect match.
A and I forgot that there was also a mixed pide to arrive, which once again exceeded expectations and was very generous in size. It arrived piping hot, with the pide bread fresh out of the oven. The filling of minced meat, onion and cheese was simple but was full of flavour and it was definitely the best pide I’ve had. I’ve been craving another since!
The Turkish Halal Pide House banquets are for a minimum of 2 people. The food is spectacular and very substantial. A and I left with three containers of leftovers, with the remaining pide (reheated slightly in the oven) making for a perfect brunch the next day as well as another Turkish banquet for dinner with the leftover meat and rice.
If you can somehow eat anything else after the banquet, there are a variety of Middle Eastern and Turkish sweets available, including Baklava, Turkish Delight, Bird’s Nest and Ladies Fingers.