I love any kind of Middle Eastern / Mediterranean food as much as I love bottomless small plates, so needless to say I was super excited when we were invited to try Ankara‘s new brunch menu. And there was no better time than during September which is Turkish Heritage Month.
To drink, you can get bottomless mimosas, Bloody Marys, gin and vodka cocktails, and Turkish tea. Nowadays, I really appreciate it when some kind of caffeinated beverage is included in the bottomless drinks too! The rich black tea came with a cute little sugar cube providing the right amount of sweetness, and I probably had about five cups. Since gin was available, I ended up with gin and cranberry juice, and my brunch bud, Kiki, got a Bloody Mary. While the Bloody Mary was nice, we determined it’s not the best choice in this case as it’s more filling and might limit your stomach capacity for more food which is ultimately better. For the next round she went for a mimosa.
To start, you are automatically given Van Kahvaltısı, an assortment of cheeses, spreads, and accompaniments so you can get right into it while you browse the rest of the menu. The Labneh (strained yogurt) was one of my favorite parts, it was so thick and creamy I had to check the menu because it looked like cheese. Speaking of cheese, drizzling some honey over the assorted cheeses was also excellent. I love sweet+savory combos.
We ate a lot, but luckily didn’t fill up on these snacks. Since between the two of us we weren’t going to be able to try everything, we went for one or two items in each category: eggs, salads, starters, desserts to get a variety. Our server gave us recommendations, which was super helpful. We really liked the Çılbır–soft eggs with yogurt and paprika butter, though it was a little hard to share. The flatbread with Turkish beef sausage and the watermelon salad were also faves. The refreshing watermelon salad ended up being a nice cool balance to the heat from the spiced sausage and the paprika.
For dessert you HAVE to get the Kayısı Tatlısı–crème stuffed apricots. That is probably the main must-order, I think. Actually, come to think of it, they weren’t literally stuffed, but served over crème, which ultimately leaves you with more of the good stuff. And furthermore, it comes with a strawberry to also dip. And it’s all topped with pistachios. Lovely presentation as well, so save room! I’m not kidding.
So, overall, if you’re looking for bottomless bottomless, Ankara is a great choice. I was also happy to sit out on their lovely patio to enjoy the beautiful fall weather before launching into hibernation. I’d recommend trying it before it gets too cold, but I’m sure it’s super cozy indoors as well.
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