Ottoman Palace is a wholly Turkish affair, and manager, Ferhat Savidogan is intent on revealing Turkish culture and food to unsuspecting South Africans. Just visiting Ottoman Palace is set to be an adventure, as the new Midrand eatery is located next to the eye-catching Nizamiye Turkish Masjid, the Turkish mosque complex recently completed and commissioned by Turkish businessman Ali Katircioglu. It is a replica of the Selimiye Camii mosque in Turkey.
Just pulling up outside the restaurant is a unique experience, surrounded by the mosque complex’s ‘mini Turkey’ feel, an exciting experience before you’ve even pulled up a chair!
Inside the Ottoman Palace restaurant, you are greeted by a grand dining room, complete with marble pillars, vibrant pink carpets in velvety textures and windows delicately framed by mosaic tile patterns. It is all very exotic, as is the food.
The name for the restaurant is inspired by the Ottoman Empire, a 600 year period of time when Asian, Greek, Middle-Eastern and even European cultures mingled. Each of these distinct cultures left a mark on Turkish cuisine, ensuring that Turkish food today is not only delicious, but extremely varied.
Some of the recommended dishes at the Ottoman Palace restaurant include the mixed kebab platter, which allows newbies to Turkish cuisine to sample many different foods and flavours in one meal, and the iskender, a traditional meal made from schwarma (only served on weekends).
The restaurant also serves Turkish coffees and teas and Savidogan insists that it is only the Turkish delight which is made off the premises. For a unique dining foray into Turkish culture and cuisine, don’t think twice about visiting Ottoman Palace.
From Johannesburg, take the ramp onto De Villiers Graaff Motorway. Continue onto M1 and then continue onto the N1. Take exit 108 for M39 / Allandale Road toward Midrand / Grand Central Airport. Keep right at the fork, and follow signs for Kempton Park / Midrand. Turn left onto Old Pretoria Main Road and then turn right onto Le Roux Avenue. The destination is on the corner of Le Roux Avenue and the R101 (Old Pretoria Main Road).
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Cnr of R101 (Old Pretoria) & Le Roux Avenue
Monday - Sunday 12:00 - 21:00