Kibele

Less than a five minute walk from Great Portland Street Station, Kibele is a very attractive restaurant serving up modern and traditional Turkish food. The menu is seasonal, everything is homemade and the food is fantastic.

After a warm welcome, and some oohing and aahing over the beautiful décor (seriously even the bathrooms are gorgeous) we got stuck into the vast menu. The staff are happy to offer their opinion on their favourite meals and are very knowledgeable about the food on offer.

Alongside some tasty bread, hummus and olives, we started with the Sucuk & Hellim: grilled beef garlic sausage & halloumi cheese and the Kalamar: squid sautéed in garlic, parsley and house tartar. The sausage was meaty and flavoursome and the halloumi grilled to perfection. The calamari was so tasty and huge and the homemade tartar sauce that came with it was delicious – I had to keep it to finish it off with my main!

For the main event we tried the Keçi Peyniri Salata: goat cheese, walnut, sultana and glazed fig salad, Karisik Izgara: mixed grill served with rice & salad and the Levrek: grilled fillet sea bass served with rocket salad.  The salad was beautifully presented and delicious, I’m not always a fan of goat’s cheese but  I wolfed this one down. The mixed grill was a great big portion of well-seasoned and tasty meat and the sea bass was really well cooked and I particularly liked the buttery sauce that came with it.

To finish we obviously had to have some Baklava: sweet pastry of layers of filo dough filled with chopped pistachio and sweetened with syrup (characteristic of the cuisines of the former ottoman empire) and we also tried the Kazandibi: upside down caramelized milk pudding topped with cinnamon served with coconut ice cream (an attractive Istanbul speciality).  The baklava was a showstopper, I love my baklava and this was hands down the best I’ve had. The pistachio ice cream that came with it was creamy and so good. The Kazandibi was almost like a rice pudding, it was gooey and had a great hit of cinnamon.

If you want great Turkish food in a beautiful setting then visit Kibele – you’ll get fantastic food and wonderful service too. There’s also a bargain deal called the Kibele Feast where for £32.95pp you can have a mix of dishes such as Hummus, Cacik, Sucuk, Köfte and much more. There’s plenty of space for big parties and also lovely booths for that intimate feel.