Restaurant Reviews

Stanbuli: Restaurant review

Stanbuli

Address

135 Enmore Road
Enmore, Sydney, NSW
Australia

Hours

Dinner Wed-Sat 6pm-10pm,
Sun 6pm-9pm

Prices

E $9-$26
M $24-$36
D $14

REVIEW

The bubblegum-pink shopfront of the former Marie-Louise salon is the unlikely façade of this smart two-storey Turkish eatery, where the beauty now lies in unaffected dishes rooted in the heritage of chef Ibrahim Kasif. There are no comb-overs here. Garlic, lemon and olive oil lift smoky eggplant to standout status in a meze dish that belies its simplicity, and mussels holding rice scented with allspice and pepper might have come straight from the streets of Istanbul. The traditional likewise appears in modern guise in a shepherd's salad of tomatoes, cucumber, chilli and purslane, the bright foil to paprika-spiked chicken grilled over charcoal and served with pickled chillies. The switched-on waitstaff are enthusiastic ambassadors of the menu and the tight wine list, which travels from Turkey to Australia via Spain. No room for the tahini halva parfait? Next time – you'll want to come again.

Phone:
(02) 8624 3132

Bookings:
Bookings recommended

Features:

  • Licensed
  • Bar
  • Vegetarian-friendly
  • Wheelchair Access
  • Impressive Wine List

Accepted card types:

  • Eftpos
  • MasterCard
  • Visa

Chef(s):
Ibrahim Kasif

This review was made independently for the Gourmet Traveller Restaurant Guide. The guide's reviewers visit unannounced and pay their way.