My dad took me to this restaurant on a Tuesday evening, I didn’t even know we were going for a meal, but a couple of drinks in our local, for a small family occasion, turned into an impromptu evening out, and to be honest, I was well pleased about it.
We arrived at Turkuaz at around 8pm, there were plenty of other diners enjoying themselves which always screams good restaurant to me, when it’s a Tuesday night in Winter.
We were seated in the window and offered drinks as we perused the menu, not that my dad needed to – he is apparently a regular, to be fair we were all greeted warmly but you’d think my dad was an old friend, which was actually really nice.
The menu is extensive, which is normally slightly off putting for me as I get overwhelmed, fortunately I was with a veteran who had plenty of recommendations. Of course as the name suggests, the menu is predominantly Turkish but there are some Mediterranean influences too.
The Turkuaz Rawdon offers a selection of menus throughout the day, ranging from light lunches through to gourmet salads and dishes. And as we found out – pride themselves on serving large portions at reasonable prices.
My dad and husband got stuck into starters, both going with mushrooms with lashings of creamy garlic sauce and plenty of warm ciabatta. I managed a sneaky mouthful and it was glorious – and I’m not even a big champion of the fun guys…..sorry.
To the mains and I enjoyed the Vegetable Beyti, a light wrap stuffed with halloumi, falafel, houmous and roasted veg, served with rice and dips. It was smashing, nothing complicated but all the flavours were there, everything was well cooked and the portion was huge, so I had half and took half home for my lunch the next day – two meals for the price of one, result!
The rest of my family opted for Lamb or chicken Harissa, a saucy type dish with onion and mushrooms, served with grilled pepper, rice and dips. Everybody raved about this dish, of course I tried it but lamb just isn’t for me but I really like the chicken version though I was happy with my veggie choice.
I wish there had been more of us to try lots of the dishes on offer, as well as the chargrill section, there is also a dedicated seafood, vegetarian and steak offering, nibbles plenty of hot and cold starters – King Prawns in tomato sauce, Falafel, Sujuk, stuffed peppers, vine leaves and much more and of course there are mezes to try. I need to go back for one of those as I had serious food envy watching one make its way to a fellow diner.
The restaurant is fully licensed and has an extensive wine list alongside draft beers and all the other regular suspects. You should just bear in mind that only cash is accepted as a method of payment – good to know to save any awkward moments when the bill comes. There is an ATM directly opposite however best to arrive prepared!
I really rated the Turkuaz Rawdon restaurant, having driven past it a million times and never visited. The service is second to none, so friendly and welcoming, well paced and professional. I would go back here any day of the week, and so would my dad, clearly!
Highly recommended, big portions, great service, excellent value for money. Tell them I sent you….
Street Address – 20-22 Harrogate Road, Rawdon, Leeds, LS19 6HJ
Telephone 0113 250 2822
Free Car ParkingAvailable Outside the Restaurant