Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Cheap lunch downtown at Anatolia Express

Anatolia Express Restaurant on UrbanspoonAnatolia Express is a small establishment easily overlooked from being overshadowed by the big restaurants around Canada Place. Squashy seating but big tables. On the Saturday afternoon I was there, it looked like it was a mom-and-son operation.
Price is quite good -- you can get a decent and interesting lunch for under $10, which is great for a prime downtown touristy location like Canada Place.
The website menu is outdated. Most of the offerings are sort of boring (fish and chips?) so I recommend going for just the Turkish fare. If you are looking for a wider selection of Turkish food, Anatolia's Gate is a better bet with comparable prices.

Kumru ($9.99)
  • Basically a hollow pita with sausage and cheese.
  • Supposedly has four types of Turkish salami.
  • Good amount of meat from the sausage, but that also makes this item on the salty side.
  • Slight heat from the bit of hot peppers.
  • At $9.99 this is a reasonable alternative to a hamburger if you want "meat-and-bread" with not too much bread.
Ayran ($3.25)
  • Sour drink of watered down yogurt with salt.
  • Could be an acquired taste -- if you haven't had this before, you might want to have a friend on standby you can share with or give it away to.

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