Tec vis­its Turkiye in Mer­chant City

Evening Times - - TIME OUT -

The restau­rant is in a nice set­ting and has a warm wel­com­ing feel

97/99 Can­d­leriggs, Mer­chant City, G1 1NP. Tel: 0141 553 1577


I WAS get­ting into the fes­tive mood singing ‘It’s be­gin­ning to feel a lot like Christ­mas’ when the Moll told me “Shut up, it’s still only Novem­ber”, cheery soul that she is.

But that ad­vert was on the telly and if naked com­mer­cial­ism dressed as warm, fam­ily-friendly sentimenta­lity doesn’t get you in the mood, even with six weeks to go, then noth­ing will, I didn’t dare say to her.

“Why not do some­thing use­ful and take us out to eat,” she said.

“How about Turkey?” I sug­gested. That only made mat­ters worse.

“No, no. Turkiye. It’s a Turk­ish restau­rant in Mer­chant City,”

I added hastily, sav­ing my skin.

It is a very smartly-dressed restau­rant in what used to be City Mer­chant, in Can­d­leriggs.

The wel­come was warm and we were shown to a seat by the win­dow able to ob­serve the com­ings and go­ings of the Old Fruit­mar­ket and City Halls op­po­site.

When the food ar­rived it was served with a smile.

We had the pan-grilled hal­loumi to be­gin and we were off to a very good start in­deed.

The Moll had the whole seabass served with salad and sautéed potato.

A de­li­ciously cooked fish flak­ing on the fork which was she said ex­cel­lent and with a lovely light salad.

A sim­ple look­ing dish but done prop­erly and pleas­ingly.

I opted for the Lamb wrap beyti. Rather a lot of lamb. A long wrap cut into sev­eral slices. It was soft and good flavour. There was too much for me to han­dle and it was pre­sented as though it was a buf­fet. But no fault­ing the taste. Make sure you’re hungry if you or­der it.

No room for dessert the mains por­tions were more than enough.

The menu was pretty ex­ten­sive with much lamb and chicken, but also a va­ri­ety of fish and a de­cent veg­e­tar­ian choice.

It was rea­son­ably priced and a good value pre-theatre menu is avail­able if you ar­rive a lit­tle ear­lier in the evening.

The restau­rant is in a nice set­ting and has a warm wel­com­ing feel, par­tic­u­larly im­por­tant on a chilly win­ter’s night.

We were both sat­is­fied with Turkiye. So much so I de­cided not to spoil it by singing on the way home.

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