Restaurant Review: A La Turka - Canterbury, Kent UK

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A La Turka, a restaurant that serves authentic Turkish cuisine is located in the Canterbury town centre, in Kent. It also has few other branches in Herne Bay, North gate and West gate in Kent, UK. We dined at this restaurant on Easter Sunday on the recommendation of my husband's colleague.


Location & Parking:

The restaurant is located on the main street and there is a paid parking lot just across. Ample parking is always available at the bay. On the day we were there, it was raining heavily, however, it was less than a minute walk from the car so we were lucky as we didn't get wet much. 

Seating & Interior:

Like all the several other family dining restaurants in Kent, A La Turka in Canterbury is good for a family meal. Luckily, the time at which we visited the restaurant was quiet and therefore, enjoyable, as I prefer eating in a quiet environment. I think the low roofs made the overall look cosy. 

As you can see below, the decor of the restaurant has been done keeping in mind the Turkish theme. Like all the other high-end restaurants, they do not offer sofa setting as a seating option but they have comfortable seats and tables, which were equally good. 

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a la turka halal turkish restaurant canterbury kent 10

From Ordering till Eating:

The dishes served at A La Turka originate from Gaziantep, a city and settlement in Turkey's South Eastern region. Since we had gone to the restaurant with friends who had already dined at the restaurant several times before and were aware of the best dishes to order, we decided to agree with their selection. On their recommendation, we ordered the following:

Cold mezes (starter) - We opted for Humus, a very popular dip in the Arabic world that cost us cost £3.95 at A La Turka. I was not a big fan of humus initially when I was introduced to it a few years ago, but really started liking it and have developed a good taste of it now!


Hot mezes (starter) - This included Grilled Garlic Mushrooms (£3.95), which you will like if you are a fan of mushrooms. Also ordered Sigara Boregi (£4.95) which is a rolled pastry filled with feta cheese and spinach. I loved it! It reminded me of the cheese rolls I used to have when I was studying at my business school. The only difference was the price of the plate of 4 rolls which was much higher than the price I used to pay at my school. 

Salad - Ordered two of Shepherd Salads (£3.90 each) that included diced tomatoes, cucumbers, parsley, onions, sumak (a spice used by the Turks as a salad dressing) and olive oil. It was good but I don't think I will order that again as we could not finish it and almost half of it got wasted. Don't really enjoy eating fresh salad at restaurants. I call them "poday," which is an Urdu word for plants. 

Bread - Ordered Pita bread, which was freshly baked and delicious. Liked it a lot! 

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a la turka halal turkish restaurant canterbury kent 10

Main Course - We opted for Lamb Liver (£9.90) and it reminded me of Eid-ul-Adha (a Muslim festival). This was because we have a tradition of cooking liver curry on the first day of Eid. It's been many years that I have not celebrated the festival with my family back home so this was a total refresher! 

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Besides that, we also opted for Lamb Beyti  (£12.50) which is char grilled minced lamb and herbs prepared on a skewer, is served on a pasta type pastry and comes with a side either rice or couscous, chips or plain yogurt. Each side further costs £2.90. For this, we opted for yogurt. I liked it and the combination with the yogurt gave a creamy texture which I really liked as I don't enjoy eating dry food much. 

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The second main was Mixed Kebab that included lamb and chicken shish and adana kofte (£14.90) and as a side, we ordered chips so my BabyN' could also get something to eat. The meat was tender, was to my liking and tasted good but I think this dish is a bit over-priced for the size of the serving. You can also ask for dips if you like, as I don't like my food dry, I opted for tomato ketchup and garlic mayo dip. 

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Soft drinks - Ordered still water(£1.90) and sparkling water (£1.90) for 330ml bottle each. 

Dessert - At the end of the meal, we were served Turkish Delight and that was complementary. As we were too full, we did not order any other dessert but I love Baklava and would definitely try that when I dine at A La Turka next time. 

Turkish Delight, also known as lokum looks just like marsh-mellows and tastes like a starchy jelly. It was developed by the Sultans of the Ottoman Empire to delight their wives.  It comes in different flavours other than the plain ones that we tried, as seen below. 

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End Note:

I enjoyed my visit to A La Turka and was really happy to know that it served authentic Turkish cuisine and that it served full Halal menu. The staff was very friendly and helpful and ensured the customers leave happy and satisfied. Our bill totalled £55.5 for all these things, which I think is certainly a good deal for 4 although a few items seemed to be overpriced. If you want to have a look at their menu and prices, you can see it here

Previously, I have written a post about my visit to Turkey, if you would like to read it, you can find it here


Rating: 7/10
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62 comments:

  1. I LOVE Turkish food,so this made me drool. Also love the rugs on the walls of the restaurant

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    1. I am sure they must have got the rugs from Turkey. The country has beautiful rugs and they are expensive too!

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  2. Sounds like fine dinning and the food looks delicious. I don't think I have tried Turkish food yet but want to now.

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    1. Hey hi. Yes, you should definitely try Turkish food. Why not choose something from the list above. :-)

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  3. Awwwsss, Turkish food. There are some food I don't like, because of the flavor which I am not accustomed to, and this is not to knock anyone or anything. I do like humus and kebab! :)

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    1. Everyone is free to like or dislike anything. I liked the foodI tried but there is lots more that the restaurant had to offer.

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  4. I love Turkish food, especially kebabs, they are my favourite. Great post!
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    1. I love Kebabs too! Let's have them together some day. :D

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  5. Turkish food is great, and somewhat cheap. We cook a lot Turkish meals in our country, and they are really delicious. Going to try few from this post. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. It is great but I am not too sure about it being cheap. Which Turkish dish is your favourite?

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  6. Never actually tasted Turkish cuisine but looking at those photos makes me wanna try!
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    1. You should definitely try it. I am sure you will enjoy it.

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  7. Ok so you managed to make me hungry , damn I miss Turkish food! Had a while back in my vacation, and it was sooo deliciously spiced yum

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    1. Haha oops! Even I enjoyed having it at this restaurant.

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  8. Food looks yummy. The place looks homey. I would love to eat there if given a chance.

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    1. Have you tried Turkish cuisine? Look for any restaurant near you and let me know about your experience.

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  9. Wow the food looks amazing!
    The decor looks nice as well :)
    I really need to visit there soon

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    1. Oh yes. Or try any Turkish restaurnt that you have near you.

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  10. I want that salad and hummus it looks so fresh and invigorating. Yum Yum!

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    1. I love humus. Not a very big fan of leafy salads though, although I know they are good for health.

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  11. I have never eaten Turkish food but this looked interesting. I have heard of Turkish delights before but I have never seen a picture or knew what it was like. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Hey Alison! You must try Turkish food. I really enjoyed having it.

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  12. The food looks delicious.. WOW

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    1. Hey hi! Thanks for stopping by. Try the Turkidh cuisine and let me know your comments.

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  13. You made me so Hungry ! I actually haven't had lunch yet oh God lol. I think I'm gonna get turkish food

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  14. I ate at a really lovely Turkish restaurant in Portland. The seating was on pillow on the floor. Your food looks like it was delicious!

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    1. I have been to such restaurants but I don't really like sitting on the floor. :-)

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  15. Delicious Photography!!! Keep it up :-)

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    1. Hey Naila! Thanks for stopping by and for the appreciation. I normally use my DSLR for photography but these ones are from my mobile.

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  16. This post made me hungry haha! I wish we had restaurants like that around where I live. ALl of this looks delicious!!

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    1. I am sure there must be some nice Turkish restaurants around you. Try them! :-)

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  17. Looks like a delicious meal - and the salad especially looks enticing. I love salads. If its anything like Emirati dishes then I would definitely love it.

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    1. Yes, you can say that it is somewhat like the Emirati dishes. :-)

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  18. Oh, you really ordered some highlights of the Turkish kitchen! The food from the south east is famous. Do they really serve Couscous there and not Bulgur? Because Couscous is something you can't get here easily. The Hummus or in Turkish nohut ezmesi is not as delicious as the Arab one but I like it too. They didn't offer you Turkish tea after the meal? This should be included.

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    1. In the UK, Couscous is very popular but I don't really like it. They did not serve Bulgur here. Maybe they do it in Turkey. Even I think the Arab humus is tasty but this one was good too, almost same as the one we get in Dubai. Unfortunately, no! They didn't offer any tea. I have tried the Turkish coffee when I was in Turkey and didn't really like it. It was too strong for me.

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  19. Loved this post! It reminds me of my trip to Dubai when we ate at the authentic Turkish restaurant there...and i order lamb beyti...lol..Feeling for Turkish cuisine now thanks to this awesome post...heading to the Turkish Mosque here in Jhb...

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    1. Hey hi! Dubai does have some nice and authentic Turkish restaurants. :-)
      I enjoyed lamb mince beyti too and the yoghurt gave a very nice and creamy texture.

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  20. Ohh this place looks super tasty. I love when restaurants give a little conplimentary dish. It makes me want to go back :)

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    1. Hehe yes! Wasn't aware of this complimentery Turkish dessert but was quite happy to see it on the table. :D

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  21. Oh my... These dishes are just mouth watering! I can't even! Now I'm craving!

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    1. Haha! I feel for you. Same happens with me when doing these food posts.

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  22. Omw is it possible to eat through the screen!!!!!!! (www.spicyfusionkitchen.com)

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    1. Unfortunately, it's not. But I will definitely treat you when you are around.

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  23. Salaam Fatima! Great review. I love Turkish food. I'm now debating whether to make this food for dinner! Lol. If I ever visit the UK I'm definitely going to try this place out! Thanks for the recommendation!

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    1. WS :-) You can try any Turkish rsstaurant near you. Try these dishes. I am sure you will like.

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  24. Thanks Fatima, what I see from the pics is khana ki miqdar(quantity) kam nahi hai?in each plate. I felt they have added so much greens in every plate. Isn't the salad serves the purpose.may be wrong. but the place seems quite comfy.

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    1. Yes! They have added too much greens. We left them. I don't eat the leafy salads that I call 'poday' in restaurants at least. The salad cost us extra. The quantity is fine actually according to the regular UK servings. :-)

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  25. ah fatima! why do you have to keep reviewing such yummilicious restauarnats when you know that they arent many in new zealand. beleive me but here we mainly have indian halal takeaways. you know what you make me want to move to uk!

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    1. Haha :-) Where exactly are you in NZ? I might be able to help. We always travel far from home in search of restaurants.

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  26. Turkish food is always a delight. That's a nice review and the decor looks beautiful.

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    1. Hey hi Lubna. Agree with you. Thanks for stopping by.

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  27. This post made me hungry X)
    Nice review

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    1. Hey hi! Thanks for stopping by. Go grab something hehe

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  28. I love Turkish food! I have to say I couldn't help but compare the cost of the food to what we ate in Istanbul and even restaurants in central London and I agree with you when you say some items are overpriced! £3.95 for hummus (something we make and eat ALL the time in this house) is insanity. Lol!

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    1. Absolutely! It's seriously insane especially when I realize that we used to sometimes get free humus in the Middle East.

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  29. I don't like its interior, the food looks yummy though.
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    1. Hehe 😊 They have done it keeping in mind the Turkish theme of the restaurant.

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  30. I don't often eat Turkish food but that does all look good. Have to say I generally prefer sofa seating

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    1. Yes, sofa settings are always preferred by me too.

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  31. Lol @ the poday comment! I actually love salads, especially at restaurants because it'll have ingredients I don't normally think to use. But this authentic Turkish cuisine looks delicious!

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    1. Haha :-) I agree with that. They do use those poday that we normally don't use at home. :D

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