Restaurant Reviews

Tulum: Restaurant review

Address

217 Carlisle St
Balaclava, VIC

Hours

Lunch noon - 3pm;
Dinner Tue-Sat 5pm-10.30pm

Prices

3 course $50 (Tues & Wed only);
degustation $70

REVIEW

It's Turkish food but not as you know it. Coskun Uysal has taken his two-year-old restaurant on an extended jaunt around his homeland and the menu changes completely every three months. Wherever you tap in – the olive-oil braises of the Aegean, the seafood of the Mediterranean, the cornbreads and ever-present sardines of the Black Sea – you'll get a tasty lesson in Turkish cuisine expressed in thoughtful, contemporary ways. Slow-cooked celeriac might be dressed up with carrot purée and a powder made from celeriac shoots. Cacik – a cucumber and yoghurt sauce – is rendered as a daring dessert starring subtle black garlic meringue. Whatever the menu, expect staples like stone-ground tahini, an expanding suite of Turkish wines and even Australian-grown Ottoman varieties, and a hospitable neighbourhood experience that's worth a trip across town.
Phone:
(03) 9525 9127
Bookings:
Bookings recommended
Features:
  • Licensed
  • Bar
Accepted card types:
  • Eftpos
  • MasterCard
  • Visa
Chef(s):
Coskun Uysal
This review was made independently for the Gourmet Traveller Restaurant Guide. The guide's reviewers visit unannounced and pay their way.