Restaurant opens doors to families
A NEW restaurant has said its offer of a sit-down meal in a family atmosphere without alcohol is unique in Aberdare.
Turkiss was opened for business on Canon Street by local man Asir Cakmak, who previously ran Charcoal Grill on Victoria Square.
According to the restaurant’s Rahul Sood, the idea came about as there are not many places for a sit-down meal in Aberdare, and Turkiss will be unique as it will not be serving alcohol.
Rahul says the policy of the restaurant, which serves dishes from Turkish pizzas to specialities such as Beyti – barbecued spicy lamb mince rolled in tortilla bread – will draw customers in.
He explained: “Asir has a lot of experience in running kebab shops and we noted there was no space in Aberdare where families could go and have a sit-down meal.
“Wetherspoons is very alcohol-related so people cannot really take their kids there, so Asir decided to open up a family friendly restaurant.”
Asir, who has lived in Aberdare for 15 years since moving from Turkey, first opened a fish and chip shop in Gadlys before running Charcoal Grill.
Rahul added: “Customers at the shop would often comment about no one willing to invest in Aberdare and there was no place available in the town for taking the family out for a meal.
“Asir is passionate about food and loves Aberdare – the building was derelict in the heart of the town centre but it has been given a new life.”
In terms of inspiration, Turkiss took influence from the wealth of middle-eastern and Turkish eateries on City Road in Cardiff.
The restaurant employs four kitchen staff as well as six part-time waitresses, and has a large function room on the first floor for small weddings or Christmas parties, and a children’s play area.
Rahul added: “It’s been a very smooth, regular flow of customers coming in.
“We are really happy with it, and expecting a busy weekend, as well as being optimistic we can be here for years to come.”
Turkiss has been opened on Canon Street by local man Asir Cakmak