Find out why Manchester’s first Turkish restaurant is still going strong after more than 30 years, with our £19 for three courses Star Deal. The Star Deal gives you the chance to enjoy some of Café Istanbul’s most popular dishes, offered from a set menu.
Typical first course options include the restaurant’s renowned Mixed Starter Platter, with minced lamb balls, feta cheese triangles, cracked wheat salad, aubergine salad, lamb stuffed vine leaves, chicken & walnut sauce, and chickpea & cracked wheat balls, all served with hot pitta bread. If you’re vegetarian, you can have alternatives to the meat elements.
For the main course, there are succulent lamb and chicken dishes, offering beautifully tender meat with the all the flavours and aromas of the Middle East. Possible choices include the chargrilled Istanbul Lamb, a dish of slightly spiced lean minced lamb, mixed with herbs and served with rice & seasonal vegetables, and the Stuffed Chicken Fillet – oven-baked rolled chicken fillet, filled with minced chicken, vegetables, raisins and herbs, and served with mashed potato & mushroom sauce. Fish dishes offered include Sea Bass Fillet, chargrilled & marinated fresh sea bass with pink peppercorns & dill, served with rice or new potatoes and seasonal vegetables. The set menu also offers a vegetarian dish, such as the hearty Vegetarian Mousakka – layers of aubergine, courgette, potato, mushrooms, peppers and tomato topped with béchamel sauce and cheese, served with rice and mixed salad.
Delectable dessert options include – of course – baklava, melt-in-the-mouth layers of fine flaky pastry with pistachio nuts served with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Another favourite is the restaurant’s Dark Chocolate Truffle Torte, glazed chocolate truffle layered with chocolate almond cookie and chocolate sponge.
Manchester’s dining out scene has changed hugely since Café Istanbul first opened in 1980 – when even green and red peppers were considered exotic – but the restaurant has survived by delivering consistently high standards of food and service together with a genuinely warm welcome. At the helm throughout has been the owner, Sacit Onur, who learnt to cook as a child in the family home in Istanbul. He still keeps a close personal eye on the restaurant, and can often be seen front of house talking to customers old and new. Rich reds, glittering Turkish lamps and simple but elegant modern styling create a calm and relaxing atmosphere.
Café Istanbul is set just off Deansgate, five minute’s walk from Albert Square. The Star Deal is available for lunch and dinner every day except Saturday until 21st October.
Book online here to reserve your table.
79/81 Bridge Street, Manchester, M3 2RH