Sunday night at Ahmet’s on the Southbank dining precinct was bustling with loud chatter and aromatic smells in the air while waiters and waitresses rushed from one end to the other frantically taking orders and serving plates and platters.
What I loved most about Ahmet’s was the live duo playing English tunes in a funky Middle Eastern/Turkish style. This gave the restaurant a brilliant and warm atmosphere.
We started the night with some Turkish bread and dip (which was included in the platter for two ($89) that we settled on). I found the dips a bit too sweet for my liking, especially the Beetroot option (beetroot, yoghurt & garlic) so I stuck to the plainer Baba Ghanoush (eggplant, yoghurt & garlic). I would have loved if we were given an option to choose the dips ourselves as there is another section on the menu with all the dip choices. I would have gone for the more traditional Hommus (chickpeas, garlic & lemon) or the Hot & Spicy (dried chili, tomato, onion, capsicum, cucumber & parsley).
After quite a wait, the mains arrived on a tall layered platter to share. The downside of this is that you cannot hold a decent conversation or see the person you are dining with properly as the tables are small and the platter completely blocks the view of your dining partner.
The platter contained a few slices of Kiymali Pide, a typical Turkish pizza with lamb mince, tomato, onion, parsley, red capsicum, green chili, sweet chili & garlic which I unfortunately found to be slightly cold and soggy.
Second layer of the plate being the Meze Platter, had a few pieces of falafel, eggplant dolma, roasted capsicum with rice & pine nuts, vine leaf rolls, & roasted eggplant with tomato, capsicum & onion was slightly better but again, a tad cold and bland in the taste department.
The Mixed Grill Platter (lamb and chicken skewers, lamb cutlets, adana skewers with rice) was the most disappointing. I could not believe that the pieces of meat were so overcooked that they were hard to bite through! Plus, one or two pieces were char-grilled to the point where you couldn’t tell what the original color of the meat was.
Dessert was two pieces of Turkish Delight. It did not look the slightest bit appetizing so I took a picture to spice things up…
Sad to say the tastiest part of this meal was the slightly buttered rice with pine nuts. I give this place a full thumbs up for location and atmosphere but the thumbs down went straight to taste, which to me is the most important when dining out. Quite pricey for what was offered, unfortunately I do not think I will be returning to eat here anytime soon.
Shop 10/168 Grey Street
South Bank, Brisbane
+61 (7) 3846 6699