Mecca Bah

Now, this is an interesting concept – a Turkish chain – it is new in Canberra and a lot of people I spoke to were keen to try it. This was a farewell lunch, so there was a group of almost 30 of us. Before I comment on the food, which was quite nice, I will comment on the way they treated us – because although this is usually about food, I always feel the need to comment when the service or the way we are treated is less than ideal! This restaurant does not do banquets (weird for a Turkish place, huh?!), and two different people rang them to find out if they could do a banquet-type thing and roughly how much it would cost people. They were both told that yes, they could do a banquet type thing and it would cost between $22-$25. Sounds reasonable, right? When we got there, they decided on the food and then came and told us it would cost $30, when told this was unacceptable due to the quote on the phone (twice), they recalculated, took some food away and told us $26.60, then stood there and argued over $1.60 times 30 people and slowly whittled away any good will that any of us were feeling! Anyway – the food! We had a variety of entrees – both meat and veggie (although I will only comment on the veggie ones) which included sweet potato felafels (yummy!), some balls made from Middle Eastern cheeses and covered in some weird pastry (really yummy!) and two different salads – fattoush – salad with bread and a rocket and beetroot salad (not being a fan of beetroot, I preferred the fattoush salad). The mains were a ‘variety’ of tangines (like a stew with couscous at the bottom) including a veggie one (hmmm, kind of average) and Turkish pizzas (although, they were open on the top and kind of small – also, they were not cut and came with a knife so we could do our own cutting – weird!). There were two veggie pizza’s – tomato, haloumi, parsley and eggplant – which was kind of nice and a bit spicy, and the roast pumpkin, chilli pomegranate jam and feta – which also came with a big pile of rocket on top (really yummy!). So, all in all, the food was quite nice, however I (and many others) were incredibly disappointed at the way we were treated. I’m not sure the food was good enough to negate that experience, so I am not sure I would bother going back…