Kevin and Brenda Davis lunch in Ipswich at The Ottoman Restaurant…
It has been a while since we had eaten Turkish food and so when we heard that a new Turkish restaurant had opened in Ipswich, well we just had to go and try for ourselves.
The Ottoman restaurant had only been open a week when we visited. It occupies the site of the former John Ball pub in Woodbridge Road. The building has undergone a complete makeover and refurbishment and is stylishly fitted out. A nice feature is that the charcoal grill is sited in the restaurant so you can see the chef at work, in fact there is also a bar around the grill for those who really want a close-up view. To the left hand side of the building is the entrance to a large car park, making parking easy.
The menu offers a great choice with the emphasis on fresh produce. Vegetarian, Gluten Free, Onion Free, Dairy Free and Nut Free versions are available too. Our host, Hussain, asked if we had any allergies before we ordered.
To start we shared the Ottoman Mezze Platter. This is a selection of 3 hot and 3 cold dishes selected by the chef daily and good value at £14.95 for two people. The cold choice featured Babaganus – grilled aubergine puree mixed with tahini, garlic, cumin, olive oil, yoghurt and lemon juice; Kisir – cracked wheat, celery, parsley, tomatoes and green peppers; Pempe Sultan – marinated sliced beetroot in a mayonnaise, yoghurt and olive oil dressing, accompanied by freshly made flat breads. Absolutely delicious.Buy Now