I have a new favourite place to eat in Darlington. Anatolia, an authentic Turkish restaurant has opened up on North Road and it is seriously lush. The first time I went was with my family and I loved it so much that I knew I had to share it with you guys.
I got in touch with Sam and asked her if she was up to trying out a new restaurant with me again. She eagerly agreed and we made arrangements to meet there for lunch.
Wanting to try as much as possible, we ordered five dishes and just tucked in. My favourite has to be Lahmacun, which is a kind of lamb flatbread but it is closely followed by the Izgara Kofte, spicy meatballs. The Izgara Kofte are very tasty but not too photogenic!
Sam tucked into grilled spicy Turkish sausage, known as Sucuk. I was happy to let her enjoy that in exchange for the halloumi. We also tried the Icli Kofte, which is a kind of rice and lamb ball which is served with a tomato sauce. Lush.
Just when we thought we couldn’t eat any more food, however delicious it was, we were treated to some baklava and Turkish tea. I’d never had baklava before Anatolia but now I’m hooked!
The best part? The prices are so reasonable! A two course lunch time special is just £7.95. Not bad for freshly cooked food. It is worth noting however that the food can take a little bit of time to reach your table since it is so freshly prepared. This isn’t something that bothers me (it’s a restaurant, not a fast food joint) but is worth bearing in mind if you’re in a rush.
Have you tried Anatolia yet?