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DINING OUT
The Canberra Science Fiction Club usually meets twice each month.  The first Thursday is a General Meeting and on the third Thursday members, friends, family or guests can gather together to talk and eat at a restaurant.  Each person pays for their own choice of meal.  Everyone is welcome.  You don’t have to belong to the club to join in.  The only requirement is that you notify the Secretary at least two days before attending the dinner.

The Secretary has pre-selected the restaurants for this year and the cuisines are varied – Chinese, Ethiopian, Indian, Malaysian, Mediterranean, Mexican, Nepalese, Thai, Turkish and Vietnamese, just to name a few.  Most restaurants have a banquet as well as a normal menu.

Augusts’ choice was Turkish cuisine.  We gathered at Turkish Grill  at 20 Gartside St, Wanniassa.  We had dined there several times and were looking forward to an excellent meal again.  And we were not disappointed.

This restaurant also offers take away. They may not be a large restaurant, but with their service and cooking levels I am sure they will need to move to larger premises sometime.  To put it mildly, the service and food is fantastic.

An example of their service. I had booked for seven people and we had two more people turn up at the last minute.  No problem as far as the staff were concerned.  Another table appeared, was set and chairs provided.

Our group nearly always goes for the banquet.  Once again that was the choice of the night.  Their banquets are designed to satisfy as few as two persons.  The more persons, the more food is offered, with choices regarding individual selections.  There are six different banquets or options you can choose from.  We chose option 6 which has is good for 8 persons.  With more than 8, extra dishes were included (for example with the dips).  (How did they know our group loves dips so much, especially the beetroot of which we had two separate dishes.)

What a meal!  I am not going into details of everything they have, other than broadly as I don’t have the space.  Dips with Turkish Bread, Zucchini Balls, Potato Balls, Chicken, Skewers, Lamb, and Pide.  No Turkish meal is complete without the Pide.  Please go to their website and check for yourself.  You can order any sort of a meal from their wide selection in the menu.  Please go online and check out the good tastes awaiting you.

More of the help staff provide – they can give you description of what is in what.  For example, by husband has an allergic reaction to pork. One of the Pides filling is Salami.  My brain goes into gear being wary.  But there was no need for me to worry as our waiter assured us that Turkish Salami does not include pork.  We did order this, and they were right.  No pork and the Pide was lip-smacking good.

No-one got around to ordering a dessert, as we were all too full.  A shame really because they have excellent desserts.  See their menus online.

And if you are unable to finish a dish, they will supply carry-home containers so you can finish enjoying your meal the next day.  Now that is Service!

The comments were all complimentary  Wow!  Not too spicy! Great, Satisfying, Excellent and “Do you think I could offer the chef free accommodation if he cooks me a meal once a week?”

We all had a excellent time and very, very much enjoyed the food.  We will definitely be back there again.  And in the meantime, I think I can convince my husband to take me back there for my birthday later in the year. Mmmmm!

-Isabella


Just a quick note to thank you for the wonderful takeaway you delivered us tonight. Your food is always fantastic but tonight was absolutely outstanding.
Dave said to say thank you so much for the birthday gift of the dessert. It really made a wonderful night for his birthday.
– Kind regards, Janice and Dave


I love the food there. It’s always so fresh and full of flavour, and there is so much of it! Never leave feeling hungry! Staff are so friendly, they must laugh every time people see how much food comes out to the table.
– Lee, March 2015


My friend just described your crumbed chicken as gods gift of food followed by amazing and well I’ve already called in the past and said it was the best crumbed chicken I’ve ever had and I don’t know if it was coincidence but there were a few more pieces of chicken than we thought so thank you for the generous serving. Let’s not forget the Pide, a massive serving, full of flavour what’s not to like, spring rolls, wow…. Seriously the nicest I’ve/we’ve had
I have recommended your restaurant to many, I have never eaten in to be honest, have always ordered delivery. Without fail it’s near always earlier than been told or right on the time frame given, impressive! And very much appreciated. Without fail every time it is of great quality. Awesome, so thank you to your team there at Turkish grill. Everyone!
Three happy customers
– Chris, Charis and Elliott


Hi Tania, to you, your husband and staff – thank you for the YUMMY! food you provided for our party last Saturday night. It was great. We had lots of comments on how good the food was.
– Kind regards, Rowena


Hi, This is not the first time we have ordered take away from you and we have always been delighted but our most recent experience deserves another mention.
We ordered lamb shanks, a prawn dish and a chicken dish.
Without exception, or exaggeration these meals were ;
Hot
Well cooked
Generous and;
Flavoursome.

Thank you so much for redefining what “take away” can be and offering something truly delicious, considered, and cooked with care.
Regards, Renny