ANASON | Turkish Delight at the Streets of Barangaroo
THE UPSIDE: delicious food in a nice setting, great staff and unique flavours.
THE DOWNSIDE: it gets windy. Most seating is outdoors, protected from the sun and rain but not the wind. It's not a showstopper but try to pick a calm day if you can.
The restaurant scene down at Barangaroo is evolving and livening up as that part of town draws to completion. It still felt a little empty when I was there just before Christmas, even with most of the restaurants at least a third to half full for Sunday lunches. I imagine it will feel like a very different place 12 months from now, and as businesses start frequenting the weekday scene will no doubt be quite bustling. Right now, it's great if you’re looking for somewhere quiet and chilled that is central and has nice views. The environment is very pleasant and the boardwalk boasts a great location.
Anason is one of the more establish eateries along the foreshore, having been the first restaurant to open its doors to the public. The food is Turkish and prides itself on its authenticity. All the dishes we tried were full of flavour without being overpowering, and utterly delicious. Middle Eastern spices made vegetables and simple seafood come alive. We all thoroughly enjoyed it, and standout dishes for us were:
- The dips: you must try the pumpkin humus and the atom, which is essentially a chilli yoghurt.
- Housemade simit: dips are served with a Turkish style pretzel, and warm pita bread. I recommend getting both, you can’t go wrong with warm baked bread this good.
- The barramundi and the scallops: both beautiful, and if you like tahini – you must get the barramundi.
The décor also takes its cues from the region with a blue and white theme, extending to the tiled tables.
The staff all took pride in telling us about the menu which helped us make informed choices. Something we appreciated. No guessing games or unsure waitstaff here. I always like to see people who seem genuinely enthusiastic about what they're offering as it can really add to the experience. The menu is designed for sharing which allows you to explore. Great for groups who want to try a bit of everything and really enjoy all that is on offer with the diverse range of flavours and dishes. There are some lovely Turkish wines available also which add to the authentic vibe.
Prices are quite reasonable, and for what you get I think it’s good value for the quality of food, service and location. I dare say I’ve paid more in a pub, without water views.
I highly recommend Anason and look forward to returning. The chef, Somer Sivrioglu, also has a restaurant, Efendy, in Balmain and I’m tempted to go and check out where this excellent restaurant has its roots.
Date visited: Dec 18th, 2016 // Type of visit: Sunday lunch, Christmas // With: family