Restau­rant opens doors to fam­i­lies

Cynon Valley - - YOUR NEWS - TOM HOUGHTON tom.houghton@waleson­

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

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