For a dining experience more cosmopolitan than ‘Sex and the City’, get a taste of Turkey served by a South African restaurateur at London’s Kitchenette.
Meet Wentzel: a charismatic South African born in Oudtshoorn and bred in Bloemfontein. His family have been living in the UK for eight years now, and most certainly calls this home. He’s now GM at a Turkish cafe, bar and brasserie.
The man knows hospitality. I had my reservations at first: I have been to Turkey multiple times in the past year and found the food to be somewhat of a let-down.
Sure the markets delivered the freshest olives, sundried tomatoes, roasted chillies and lamb koftas or kebabs, but the hotel food is what I found to be a real let down.
Wentzel and his team have most certainly managed to bring Istanbul’s favourite ‘Kitchenette’ to London Town. Based locally, in Putney, it is a mere four minute walk from the Putney Bridge Station stop.
If you after fresh, Turkish cuisine which doesn’t cost much, plan a date night now and book a table for November as Kitchenette is offering all readers of The South African a free drink of Prosecco with your booking!*
My evening consisted of trying their specialty cocktails, sensational to say the least.
Next his head chef (who happens to be from the heart of Turkey and trust me, this man also cooks from the heart) prepared the most scrumptious Mezze Platter which consisted of fresh olives, creamy hummus, a red pepper and chilli ensemble and the most delicious halloumi with vine leaf dolmas, fresh grilled bread and salad on the side.
Let me add, the salad was so crispy it literally tasted as if the chef had grown it himself and harvested it from his vegetable garden out back. The attention to detail was there. Having attended Chef School myself, worked in fine restaurants and someone who regularly partakes in “Come Dine with Me” dinner parties, I most certainly consider myself not only a foodie but somewhat of a food cone soirée.
The lamb was recommended to me. Anyone knows that offering someone who is South African born and who has also lived in New Zealand for many years is that offering a South African-Kiwi means you are going to be heavily critiqued in terms of how you cook and serve your meat. The chef marinated the lamb steaks and cooked it to perfection which meant the end result was juicy, soft and mouth-watering.
The accompanying sides which came with the meals were delicious and meant that for an average of £14 you could order a succulent main dish which was more than enough for one person.
I most certainly paced myself, as I had seen the desert menu and wanted to try their Turkish tea and coffee – both were exactly how they ought to be and the freshly made baklava was to die for.
If you after service, quality, fresh and succulent food, then this is the place to go for a true westernised Turkish experience.
Kitchenette is excited to offer all The South African.com readers a free glass of Prosecco when they book a table at Kitchenette in the next three weeks.
T&C’s: The offer will be valid until end November 2014. Guests have to quote “The South African” when they book in in order to qualify. The maximum number of guests are restricted to four per booking and cannot coincide with any of our other offers.