Indeed, the food at Anatolia was a delight.
We started with a mixtizers shared amongst the tables, including a subtle dish of appeof stuffed grape leaves, some wonderful dips (everyone had their own favourite) and excellent spiced beef patties (kefke? I think? My Turkish isn't so hot).
Entrees were mostly ordered individually, but there was a lot of plate passing going on. I tried a variety of interesting dishes, and was especially pleased with the yogurt based sauces, they were yummy. My choice was Yorgurtlu Adana, which was spiced lamb and beef mix, topped with tomato sauce, over bread with yogurt sauce on the side. The bread, which sopped up some of the rich, flavourful tomato sauce, was an excellent change from the expected rice accompaniement.
Finally, though we were all terribly stuffed from dinner, we ordered a couple servings of a special dessert, the name of which I forget entirely, but which consisted of cheese wrapped in pastry shreds, baked and topped with syrup. The cheese was subtle, and salty and contrasted well with the sweet (but not overpowering or sickening) syrup. It was a light and graceful dessert and a wonderful end to the meal.
The service was also very accommodating. They were gracious to our group, and completely understanding about our rather, shall we say, flexible arrival times. I'm not sure if the presence of a reporter and photographer from The Toronto Star had anything to do with that, but the service was excellent.
I understand that on Friday nights they have a special evening with a fixed price menu and entertainment, and I hope to attend that at some point in the future.
5112 Dundas St. W.
Etobicoke, ON M9A 1C2
Phone: (416) 207-0596
Hours: T-F 11:30pm-3pm, 5pm-9pm, Sat 12pm-11pm, Sun 12pm-9pm