So as someone that is half Turkish, I take an interest in the local Turkish food scene wherever I happen to be, because, well I’m Turkish and love food. In the last 3-6 months the Turkish food scene in Oxford has seen some unexpected growth. For example Antep Kitchen popped up out of nowhere taking residence in the place Aziz used to be located.
From first impressions, you can’t deny that it looks nice from the outside with an elegant sign and nice name being short for the place in Turkey called Gaziantep, one of the oldest continuously
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The grill was impressive and stretched across the right hand side as you walk in the front door with various kebabs being grilled at any given point in time.
Above you can see Antep’s bread oven which was in constant use throughout the night we were there.
Below you can see our Balloon Bread, a traditional Turkish bread called ‘Lavaş’ (pronounced lavash) in Turkey. I have to admit this really tasted like the real thing accompanied by yoghurt dip and a separate
Below you can see the Hot Mixed Meze (£12.95). This consisted of Falafel, Grilled Halloumi, Calamari and Sucuk and was absolutely incredible. From the taste of each item to the presentation of it all together they really nailed this.
Above you can see Antep’s Virgin Mojito (alcohol free Mojito, £4.50) which was very sweet indeed but tasted lovely.
Something I eat a lot when I visit Turkey is Pide (pronounced pee-day). Pide is flat bread baked with toppings in a stone oven. Pide and its various varieties are wide spread through Turkey and are established as an important food. The base is a flat-bread of a similar style to pita, chapati, or pizza crust.
I should have mentioned earlier but Sucuk (pronounced sooh-jook) is also a favourite Turkish ingredient of mine. Sucuk is essentially ground beef or lamb seasoned and made into a sausage – delicious.
So combining both of these together is almost Turkey’s answer to the pepperoni pizza, and in my opinion is better than one when done well.
This Sucuk Pizza was comparable to some of the nicest I’ve had in turkey which says a lot. From the dough, to the cheeses used and most importantly the quality of the Sucuk itself. 10/10 for this dish.
Above you can see the Sucuk Pide and one of Antep’s signature dishes called, Kuzu Sarma Beyti (£15.50) which surprisingly I’ve never heard of or tried before in Turkey. What a dish though! Just look at it. Plenty of their quality rice, roasted peppers and marinated minced lamb seasoned with garlic and herbs, grilled over charcoal, wrapped in bread with cheese. And of course in true Turkish style a big old dollop of Yoghurt in the middle.
Both were of fine quality, particularly the Baklava. I have had better Künefe in other places though.
Conclusions and final thoughts
So to conclude, my thoughts on the food at Antep are that they have an excellent menu and offer high-quality Turkish food. Their drinks selection was good also I noticed they offered the national Turkish spirit, Raki as well as the most popular Turkish beer Efes which I would expect to see.
If you are interested in trying Turkish food I urge you to go and see for yourself how their food and service stacks up to their online ranking.
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