When Chef Fisun Ercan opened her Turkish restaurant on Verdun’s main street of Wellington, many thought it wouldn’t last. Well, eight years later, she has proven them wrong as her Restaurant Su celebrates its 8th anniversary with an updated décor and revamped menu. Diva #2 had been there before, so the Divas and Sweet Pea arrived expecting a delicious Middle Eastern meal and we were not disappointed.
We were offered what was called a Turkish sangria with pomegranate juice, mint and lemon. Quite a twist on the traditional! Refreshing, it paired nicely with the oysters that were being passed around. Topped with a mix of tomatoes, red onion and Middle Eastern spices, we had our fair share of these delicious bivalves. So much so that when we finally took our seats, the waiter kindly brought us our own plate of oysters to continue enjoying!
Before the dinner was served, Chef Fisun Ercan said a few words and welcomed us. We started with a meze platter of five different appetizers. The filo dough was extra crispy and stuffed with a feta cheese that was not as salty as we expected. There were also some zucchini pancakes served with a mint yogurt. These were light, not at all greasy and still crispy on the outside, but soft on the inside. The beets were a favourite. The shredded strands of ruby red beets were delicious. There were also red lentil patties which were seasoned in that spicy Middle Eastern fashion, but very smooth; they were served with a tomato salsa. And lastly, a purée of braised Jerusalem artichokes which was a little sweet, this mound was topped with carrot chips. Diva #2 adores Jerusalem artichokes, she hopes to serve them at her wedding one day!
The next platter was for the carnivore in all of us. Even the Vegans have a carnivore fighting to be released from its cage! The meat board at Restaurant Su was piled high with meatballs, lamb chops, Cornish hen and bread stuffed with more meat. It was also accompanied by bulgur and pilaf, roasted vegetables, yogurt and more. The meatballs were ground in house and very fresh, the middle still pink. The lamb chops had a delicious charred flavour which we ate like lollipops. The bread stuffed with lamb and cubes of mild pumpkin was a pleasant surprise, the outside of the bread was still crunchy, while the inside had absorbed all the juices of the tender lamb. The Cornish hen was also tender and reminded Diva#2 why she loves eating whole little birds ever so much. It was flavoured with Turkish spices and was cooled with the yogurt. And there were even mini lahmacuns, a Middle Eastern pizza topped with minced meat and vegetables.
To end our meal, we were served a bowl of Turkish Delights, also known as lokum, a traditional Turkish dessert. There were three different flavours, mint, rosewater and a nutty one. We were also given a little treat to take home made by Chef Fisun, a jar of homemade dark chocolate hazelnut spread.
The new menu items at Restaurant Su are delicious and you can taste the passion that Chef Fisun Ercan puts in every dish. The Divas and Sweet Pea spent the night eating and drinking and celebrating eight years of excellence!
Our Rating: Splendid
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