following article is by John Howarth of the Nottingham
Topper and was published in September 2007
WHY not sample the delights of Turkey this Christmas -
by dining at popular eatery, The Antalya Restaurant.
Established and located in the heart of Nottingham for
over 25 years, The Antalya Restaurant is owned and run
by Mehmet Kolcak. A focal point for lovers of Turkish
and Mediterranean cuisine, it's an ideal venue for your
Christmas meal or special night out this Yuletide.
Turkish cookery can truly be described as an art. Many
recipes have been passed from generation to generation
throughout centuries and under the influence of many
cultures. During the reign of Sultan Süleyman, (16th
century), in the palace kitchens, more than 150 recipes
were known purely for aubergine dishes! All dishes are
made according to tradition using only the finest
available ingredients to give the true taste and flavour
to our selections.
Now, it is time to start sharing with your friends the
enjoyment of the art of Turkish cuisine. The festive
menu (including Christmas Crackers) features lunch and
evening meals and ranges from £12.50 to £18.50 in the
run-up to Christmas.
There's a whole host of starters, main courses and
desserts to choose from. Main dishes feature Mixed
Kebabs; Lamb Shish Kebab; Chicken Kebab; Güveç; Musakka;
the Antalya Special (a large knuckle of lamb on the
bone, cooked with special sauce and vegetables, served
with rice & potatoes); Steak Antalya; Salmon Buglama;
(Vegetarian Musakka and Vegetable Casserole. The
Christmas Day lunch menu is £32.50 for adults and £18.50
for children. Choose from Traditional Roast Turkey;
Antalya Special (a large knuckle of lamb on the bone,
cooked with special sauce and vegetables, served with
rice & potatoes); Mixed Kebabs; Chicken Kebab; Lamb
Shish Kebab; Et Sauté (lean cubes of lamb cooked with
mushrooms, tomatoes, green peppers, onions, covered with
creamed garlic sauce served with rice); Chicken Sauté
(cubes of chicken cooked with mushrooms, tomatoes, green
peppers, onions, topped with creamed garlic sauce served
with rice); Halibut Steak or Charbroiled Salmon;
Vegetarian Musakka; Vegetable Güveç (seasonal fresh
vegetables cooked in a clay dish served with rice) and
Stuffed Green Peppers.
There's a great selection from the dessert trolley,
fresh fruit, coffee or apple tea, as well as Turkish
delight and Turkish liqueurs. We put the restaurant to
the test with a delicious evening meal for two. A Topper
spokesman said:? "It was absolutely delicious food,
cooked to the very highest of standards.
"The service was unrivalled too; we felt very relaxed,
were waited on extremely well and enjoyed savouring the
excellent atmopshere in pleasant surroundings.
"I shall be recommending this place to my friends - and
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people attended the international party “Cultural Exchanges”
that was a celebration of cultures at Antalya Restaurant on
Sunday 19th August.
international volunteers prepared dishes typical of their
countries for guests to experience.
an excellent evening and a great idea for an event.” Guest John
Dell learned something valuable “I got talking to Osama from
Libya and found out that it was not the done thing to greet him
with a hand shake. To us this is such a normal everyday greeting
and something we would not have thought could be offensive in
tested guest’s knowledge on countries flags and what emergency
items flood victims would urgently need in a disaster. Free
tickets to Jongleurs comedy club, the Broadway Cinema, dinner
for two at Antalya, book tokens and bottles of wine were all up
for grabs as prizes.
Trolliet, a French work placement student with the Red Cross in
Nottingham, organised this event to highlight the work of the
Red Cross and to bring different cultures together. “This is the
first time I have ever organised an event and was a bit scared
that no one would come. I think it is so important for foreign
students to have the opportunity to meet up and get to know
people, it helps them not to feel so isolated.”
Message and Tracing Manager at the Red Cross, demonstrated
Bangra Dancing from India and got guests to join in. “It’s easy
and lots of fun, in fact it’s a really good workout.”
Burrows, life coach trainer. “What a fabulous and fun filled
night, Sophie! I could tell you had worked hard, and it was all
worth it, well done! We really enjoyed it all, the food, the
quizzes and the dancing - what a night!
year old Sophie was delighted with the outcome of the event that
raised £210.00 for the Red Cross. “The standard of food from the
Volunteers was amazing.”
Tregidga, Senior Fundraiser for the Red Cross in Nottingham,
“Sophie has been working with me for just over 2 months and I
was delighted when she came to me with this idea. It’s maybe
something we could develop into a larger event.”
following extract published in the letters page of the
Nottingham Evening Post on 16th July 2003
Nottingham born & bred, it is a little unnerving to come
across change in the city. So it was with some concern that I
witnessed the move of the splendid Evening Post building from
beside the Theatre Royal and it was with increasing
trepidation that I watched the leisure complex rise, phoenix
like, on the site.
grown accustomed to the development now. I have enjoyed visits
to the cinema. I have sampled the variety of foods and drinks
available in the complex. Within the dynamic city centre this
development has found its place.
However, it is comforting to find that all has not gone.
Nestling, at the side of this modern complex on Forman Street
is located one of the best restaurants in the city, an eating
house of long standing. The Antalya Restaurant,
refurbished in traditional Turkish style, still provides a
warm welcome and a friendly atmosphere. Above all else, you
are guaranteed fresh food, freshly prepared, cooked and served
in relaxed surroundings. Whether it is a pre-concert meal, a
late supper, or a large function, Mehmet and the staff of
Antlaya are always pleased to be of service.
Good memories are still alive.”
Jon Petchell Nottingham.