Ahmet’s Turkish Restaurant
10/168 Grey St, South Brisbane Qld
Some of the restaurants in this busy tourist strip rely on customers they are never likely to see again, with bad consequences for their quality and pricing. But many of the folk who eat at Ahmet’s are locals who keep coming back. Some excellent dips, the pancar (beetroot) and sharply flavoured hommus, both of the thick kind you need to put on the bread with a knife, are a fine start to a meal. For mains there is hearty and finely spiced lentil soup that comes with bread and a slice of lemon. Coban Salatasi offers a generously full bowl of a salad typical of the Middle East, of finely chopped cucumber, tomato, red onion and parsley, with small amounts of lemon juice and olive oil, better shared than eaten alone. Ispanak Boregi is a pie of spinach and feta cheese, but rather than simply being cased in pastry there are also layers if pastry within it, which gives it a heavy and, to quote the taster, gluggy feeling.
While Ahemt’s serves Turkish coffee it comes pre-sweetened, and other drinks may be preferable. They do a good apple tea, and an even better pomegranate juice. Beautiful to look at, it is even better to taste, and its richness makes it one of the few fruit juices that I want to linger over. We left our meal feeling well content.