It’s been a long long while since I’ve blogged, things have been crazy between work and moving and most recently taking out my wisdom teeth. Worry not though, I have been cooking and eating out so I have a large backlog of recipes and restaurants to share.
As mentioned, I recently moved from Burnaby (Edmonds area) to downtown Vancouver. Whilst there are many fabulous restaurants in downtown, there are some gems that I have left behind in Burnaby that I do miss! Today I am going to blog about one of my favourite and most frequented restaurants in burnaby – Anatolia’s Gate.
Anatolia’s Gate is a family run Turkish restaurant. It is a bit of a hole in the wall but with it’s own character. Decorations are in there are sparse but unique with large panorama shots of Turkey and a very cool tea making contraception that I unfortunately failed to take a picture of.
So further fails, I literally just realised I don’t have any pictures, I mean I’m sure I do, I’ve eaten there at least once or twice a month for the past two years – what have I been doing?? Alas all is not lost, I managed to find one picture, the most important one – lavish bread! They make each order of this bread fresh to order and depending on the size of the meal you’ve ordered, the size of the bread is different!
This bread is amazing! It comes to your table fresh and hot, straight from the oven, slightly crispy and slightly chewy. The bread is topped with a generous drizzle of olive oil/or butter and topped with sesame! The bread is the perfect accompaniment for the mixed plate that comes with a sample of all their cold salads and dips including hummus, baba ganoush, roasted eggplant salad, bean salad, stuffed grape leaves, carrot salad, red cabbage salad and other items! This is a perfect sampler. (And apologies, I do not have a picture of this).
Other items that I frequently order at Anatolia’s are the chicken durum, and any of the kabob dishes. The chicken durum is simply roasted chicken, vegetables and yogurt sauce wrapped in a freshly baked lavish bread. The kabob dishes are served with your choice of meat, rice, and 3 salads. One noteworthy thing to mention is that everything is cooked in a wood burning oven in the front!
If you are ever in the area, do check out Anatolia’s Gate for their lavish bread! It’s so good!
Happy eating! – J