Last weekend some of our friends invited us to a Turkish restaurant near the centre of Ghent, Gök Palace. To be honest, i’m not a connaisseur of Turkish cuisine so I really didn’t know what to expect. It’s situated in the “sleepstraat” where almost all restaurants and shops are of foreign origin. It wasn’t the most tourist-friendly neighbourhood, there where shootings in 2006 and 2010 but in the recent years there where no more incidents.
Gök Palace doesn’t look like much on the outside… or the inside…. It all looks a bit outdated but clean at the same time. Let me point out that they don’t try to be a Michelin star restaurant, they just want to serve “their” food in the best way possible.
For aperitif I had J&B cola and Mrs Strawberry had Kir Royal (It’s her favourite ;-), check the other reviews). Once ordered it all came pretty quick. The service was friendly and efficiënt but as I pointed out before, you shouldn’t walk in expecting the same level of service you would get in a high-end restaurant, you get what you pay for.
For starters I had Scampi Diabolique. A lot of the dishes where made with made with goat cheese, something not particularly my cup of tea so my choices where rather limited. I didn’t expect much of the Scampi since it didn’t strike me as a traditional Turkish dish but I have to say, it was very well executed. The flavour was nice, there was an abundance of sauce and they kept serving bread. For 13,50 EUR this was really top notch.
Mrs Strawberry had Sigara böreği ‘cigarette Börek”, a smaller, cylindrical variety of Börek which is was filled with feta cheese, potato. A variety of vegetables, herbs and spices are used in böreks, such as spinach, nettle, leek, and courgette, and usually ground black pepper. It’s not the most complicated dish but when I asked how it was, she nodded and replied “simple but yummy”. She told me it was very filling but that’s not surprise since she got five of those feta filled fried pastries.
About 20 minutes after we all finished the starter they asked if they could serve the main dish. We also ordered a bottle of Medium sweet Turkish rosé wine. We ordered a mixed grill plate for two persons (30 EUR). It contained more then enough meat, risoni and tomato pilaf. The meat was a bit underseasoned but at least they served real meat (chicken fielt, lamb, etc) instead of variations of minced meat.
After dinner we where offered not one, not two but three drinks on the house! I didn’t believe this really happened until after I got outside and unharmed. So mrs Strawberry and I got two coffee’s, two Turkish liquors, a Turkish apple tea and an Efes beer on the house.
J&b Cola: 5 EUR
Kir Royal: 5,5 EUR
Bottle rosé wine: 16,50 EUR
Scampi: 13,50 EUR
Börek: 6,50 EUR
Mixed grill for two: 30 EUR
Total +/- 75 EUR
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9000 Gent (Belgium)
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