Turkish Pide House Review
The Turkish Pide House at Lawry Place Jamison is a family run business. It has had the same ownership for 25 years, and the owners say many of the same customers have kept returning for that time – the customer base is very loyal.
Traditional Turkish food is offered. The friendly Turkish couple who run the restaurant, Mehri and Mehmet Kazanc cook it very well. Food is freshly prepared each day and presented beautifully, with good colour and balance to the plate. There are vegetarian and non-vegetarian options, many of them very healthy. Prices range around $9-12 for an entrée and $15-25 for a main-course. There are also discount banquets. The restaurant is open from 9am -9.30pm seven days a week.
Mehri and Mehmet work hard and their daughter, who works in the restaurant, puts the success of the restaurant down to their preparedness to work 24 hours a day. They are both the chefs and managers of the business and supervise all activities.
The restaurant’s most popular dishes are the Pides (Turkish pizzas) and their zucchini balls. The most labour intensive dish is the sis tavuk, (chicken kebab) which involves a full day of preparation deboning and marinating the chicken prior to use the following day. Hummus is another labour intensive dish, and the hummus at this restaurant is something really special – it has a creamy deliciousness and distinctive flavour. Fresh Turkish bread is cooked everyday. My personal favourites include the falafel entrée and yesil fasulye.
Home-delivery is free in the Belconnen area, and take-away and home-delivered prices are a little cheaper than restaurant prices.
Entering the restaurant, staff greet the customer with friendly smiles and an open agreeable attitude, making customers feel they are almost being
welcomed into someone’s home to come to dinner. Mehri and Mehmet train and encourage staff to have this attitude, as they believe it is appropriate to welcome customers in a warm and friendly manner.
The décor is welcoming with a touch of the exotic, particularly in the backroom, which has a semi-traditional Turkish seating and table arrangement. The atmosphere is cosy and comfortable.
The restaurant is licensed and bar service is good with a standard spirit drink costing around $5.50.
The restaurant also does take-away (at prices a little lower) and home delivers free in the Belconnen region. They also regularly cater for large events and receptions at other venues, catering for groups of up to 800 people.