Head Downtown to Istanbul | Gourmand and Gourmet

Head Downtown to Istanbul

We’re seeing a trend in Brisbane lately, a trend towards the exotic – and we like it. Adding more flavour to the trend is Downtown Istanbul, a tasty new addition to east Brisbane’s every growing foodie line up. Another notch in the belt for the crew behind Mucho Mexicano and Olé, this Middle Eastern inspired spot is one to take the whole gang to, along with a hearty appetite. downtown istanbul 2 If you haven’t guessed already (or are a bit vague on your high school geography), Downtown Istanbul is all about Turkish fare, from falafel and gozleme to pide and shish. No, we haven’t suddenly forgotten how to spell – they’re all scrumptious traditional feeds that you’ll soon be well acquainted with. Seated amongst the stylish surrounds, start with Turkish bread to dip in flavoursome baba ghanoush and hummus, and more unfamiliar mezze dishes like oven baked eggplant filled with peppery tomato and yoghurt, then move on to the real stars of the show. Turkish flatbread is stuffed with spinach and feta and your choice of chicken, beef, mushroom or sweet potato and cooked over a grill to create gozleme, will pide is a Turkish style pizza topped with both traditional and more modern ingredients. downtown istanbul 3 Need something with more protein than carbs? The char grill dishes up the likes of marinated lamb shish and garlic prawn skewers, or get a little bit of everything with the King’s Mixed Grill. And of course, you can finish off your feast with traditional Turkish delight or house made baklava, or better yet, get them both plus a few more sweet treats with a dessert tasting plate. Downtown Istanbul 4 There’s plenty of tipples to pair with your feed, including a range of local and international wine and a few exotic cocktails. The Middle Eastern margarita may be more Mexican than Turkish, but don’t let that stop you from having two of them. Perfectly positioned by the Hawthorne Cinemas for a movie and dinner date, you’ll find Downtown Istanbul at 274 Hawthorne Road, serving lunch and dinner seven days a week, and breakfast soon to come. Words by Ranyhyn Akui Images by Nat Hoo