Café Istanbul

Cold Starters

1. Hummus £2.90

pureed chickpeas with sesame seed paste, olive oil, lemon juice and a hint of garlic

2. Spinach with Yoghurt (Ispanak Tarator) £3.10

spinach and onion sautéed in olive oil, mixed with plain yoghurt and a hint of garlic

3. Carrots with Yoghurt £2.70

grated carrots with fresh yoghurt and a hint of garlic

4. Stuffed Aubergine (Imam Bayildi) £3.80

the famous Turkish dish of baked aubergine stuffed with sautéed green pepper, onion, tomato and garlic

5. Stuffed Vine Leaves (Yaprak Sarmasi) £2.90

vine leaves stuffed with rice, pine kernels, currants, onion juice, olive oil, chopped dill and parsley

6. Cracked Wheat Salad (Tabule) £2.70

cracked wheat with chopped tomatoes, mild onion and parsley in a lemon juice and olive oil dressing

7. Aubergine Salad £3.70

baked aubergine with olive oil, lemon and a hint of garlic

Hot Starters

8. Home-made Soup of the Day £2.80

9. Fish Cakes with a Creamy Mango Sauce (Balik Kofte) £4.20

home-made fish cakes seasoned with chives and coriander accompanied by a creamy mango and white wine sauce

10. Potato Croquettes (Patates Kofte) £3.20

Turkish style potato croquettes with added lamb, onion, cheese and coriander

11. Istanbul Prawns (Karides Gyvec) £4.30

succulent prawns, oven baked in a special tomato recipe, green pepper and onion sauce with a hint of garlic, topped with Gruyere cheese

12. Feta Cheese Triangles (Muska Borek) £3.80

feta cheese with egg and herbs wrapped in filo pastry and fried

13. Chickpea & Cracked Wheat Balls (Falafel) £3.50

chickpeas, cracked wheat, fresh coriander and spices, shaped into balls and fried, served with a plain yoghurt dip

14. Stuffed Mushrooms (Mantar) £3.80

mushrooms stuffed with a mouth-watering mixture of pureed chicken breast, cream, garlic and spices

15. Spicy Turkish Sausage (Sucuk) £3.20

chargrilled and served with a light vegetable salad

16. Fried Goat's Cheese (Hellim) £3.50

slices of fried goat's cheese served with salad garnish and a homemade herb dressing

17. Spicy Chicken Wings (Tavuk Kanadi) £3.60

chicken wings oven baked in a secret onion recipe, fresh chilli and five spice sauce

18. Squid Rings (Kalamar) £3.70

fried, battered rings of squid served with tartare sauce

19. Special Mixed Starter Platter (Karisik Meze) £5.50

a delicious and substantial selection of hot and cold starters

 

Lamb

20. Spit Roasted Lamb (Doner Kebab) £9.30

thin slices of spit roasted lamb, lightly spiced and served with Istanbul rice and mixed salad

21. Chargrilled Skewered Lamb (Sis Kebab) £10.50

succulent cubes of lamb, marinated in herbs and char grilled, served with Istanbul rice and mixed salad

22. Special Lamb Cutlets (Pirzola) £10.90

French trimmed lamb cutlets marinated and chargrilled with thyme and served with Istanbul rice and mixed salad

23. Oven Baked Lamb (Incik) £10.50

tender lamb on the bone, oven baked with new potatoes in a fresh tomato and herb sauce

24. Lamb Casserole (Et Sote) £9.80

lean cubes of lamb, slowly casseroled in a rich tomato, mushroom, green pepper, herb and white wine sauce and served with Istanbul rice and mixed salad

25. Istanbul Lamb (Kofte) £9.30

lean and tender minced lamb, slightly spiced, mixed with herbs and chargrilled and served with Istanbul rice and mixed salad

Chicken

26. Istanbul Chicken (Pilic) £9.50

tender slices of chicken breast marinated in herbs and chargrilled and served with Istanbul rice and mixed salad

27. Chicken Skewers (Tavuk Sis) £9.90

cubes of chicken, marinated in red pepper puree, olive oil and herbs

Mixed Chargrills

28. Mixed Chargrill (Karisik) £11.30

a chargrilled combination of special lamb cutlet, lamb fillet, Istanbul lamb, spit roasted lamb and Istanbul chicken, and served with Istanbul rice and mixed salad

29. Mixed Chargrill with Tomato and Yoghurt (Iskender) £11.70

a chargrill combination of lamb fillet, spit roasted lamb and Istanbul chicken, served on pita bread with a fresh tomato sauce and cool yoghurt

30. Mixed Chargrill Feast (Lux Karisik) £11.90 pp

a platter feast of special lamb cutlet, lamb fillet, skewered lamb, Istanbul Lamb, spit roasted lamb and Istanbul chicken, and served with Istanbul rice and mixed salad

 

Seafood

31. Chargrilled Halibut Steak (Kalkan) £10.30

prime halibut steak, marinated and chargrilled and served with Istanbul rice or sautéed new potatoes and mixed salad

32. Istanbul Swordfish (Kilic) £10.20

cubes of marinated swordfish skewered with onions and green peppers and chargrilled, served with Istanbul rice or sautéed new potatoes and mixed salad

33. Special King Prawns (Karides) £11.80

large king prawns chargrilled with garlic butter, served with Istanbul rice or sautéed new potatoes and mixed salad

34. Chargrilled Seaford Feast (Balik) £12.50pp

a platter feast of Istanbul swordfish, halibut steak and special king prawns served with Istanbul rice or sautéed new potatoes and mixed salad

Vegetarian

35. Moussaka £9.20

oven baked dish of layered aubergine, courgette, potato and tomato, topped with béchamel sauce and cheese, served with a mixed salad

36. Stuffed Aubergine (Imam Bayildi) £8.70

famous Turkish dish of baked aubergine stuffed with sautéed green pepper onion, tomato and garlic, served with Istanbul rice and mixed salad

Main Salads

37. Feta Cheese Salad (Peynirli Salata) £7.90

diced feta cheese served on mixed salad and drizzled with a home-made herb dressing

38. Hot Chicken Salad (Tavuk Salata) £9.20

sliced chicken breast, marinated and chargrilled served on lettuce leaves, with shaved parmesan, croutons and Istanbul dressing

39. Prawn Salad (Karidas Salata) £10.90

large king prawns chargrilled with garlic butter and served with a mixed salad

Side Dishes

40. Istanbul Salad (Coban Salata) £2.20

a healthy combination of green peppers, tomatoes, cucumber, celery and dill, drizzled with a home-made herb dressing

41. Tomato & Onion Salad £2.10

sliced tomatoes and finely chopped mild onion, drizzled with a home-made herb dressing

42. Sauteed Potatoes £1.50

43. Istanbul Rice £1.50

44. Yoghurt with Cucumber and Garlic £2.10

45. Olives and Chillies £1.50

46. Pita Bread £0.30

47. Garlic Pita Bread £0.50

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