Turkuaz Mediterranean Review
Living in a multi-cultural country has given us many benefits, not least authentic restaurants, and Turkuaz Mediterranean at Hillarys Boat Harbour is a great example of the genuine article. Turkuaz opened late last year and has proved to be very popular with the locals. Inspired lighting and canopies draped on the ceiling together with comfortable seating add to the relaxed Mediterranean vibe. If and when tourists start arriving back in WA it will no doubt be a good drawcard for Hillarys Boardwalk.
I visited Turkuaz with eight members of our recently formed book club. BTW we are still looking for a name – Reading between the Sheets and the Literary Ladies have been touted but all suggestions would be gratefully received!
Turkuaz is fully licensed but BYO is allowed except for sparkling wine and champagne.
The menu is large, beginning with breakfast platters, meze and entrees including a house speciality of Cig Kofte V ($12), a vegetarian dish that originated more than 4000 years ago. These bulgur patties which include spices, red pepper paste, pomegranate molasses, lemon juice and olive oil are a favourite street food in Turkey. Mains include many traditional dishes, pides, vegetarian meals and some seafood dishes as well as charcoal-grilled food.
Most of our group chose the Kusleme Shish ($33) from the charcoal grill on the recommendation of a friend who had enjoyed the food at Turkuaz previously.
These dishes all come with a mixed salad, bulgur pilav and fresh Turkish bread. Kusleme Shish is marinated lamb tenderloin pieces that are cooked on the grill and served with a char-grilled tomato and chilli pepper. Another popular dish at our table was the Kuzu Pirzola ($35) – marinated lamb cutlets, also served with char-grilled tomato and pepper. The meals were good although I felt they were overpriced.
However, the ambience in the restaurant is really good, overlooking the still waters of the Boat Harbour is a winning location and the occasional appearance of a belly dancer only adds to Turkuaz’s appeal!
Address: Hillarys Boat Harbour opposite San Churro.
Phone: 08 9246 2001
Reservations: Yes. Fee of $10 per person payable on booking for groups of 12 or more.
Opening hours: Closed Tuesdays. Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday – 5pm-9pm. Saturday and Sunday – 1pm – 9pm.
Gluten-free options: Yes
Vegetarian options: Yes
Restrooms: No restrooms in the restaurant. Hillarys boardwalk restrooms are a short walk.
Parking: Lots of parking at either side of Hillarys Boat Harbour.
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