I was strolling down Beach Road Pattaya recently and walked past the Pattaya City Walk. Most of you will know where it is: in the square near the Fraser Resort, there is a giant screen that displays football matches; also on the square is the beautiful Turkish restaurant called “Anatolia”. The restaurant has a Thai-style entrance and was so welcoming I could not resist giving it a try.
Anatolia is the name of a region very well known from world history, and the restaurant’s Turkish owners selected that name because of its historical cachet. The café-restaurant has been receiving diners since July 2010 and from the looks of it, its business is growing day-by-day. The menu selection contains real traditional Anatolian recipes, with meat, vegetables, flat bread and tasty sauces effortlessly combined into something that is rather unique. The café-restaurant serves breakfast in the morning, and the general menu is served until 11 p.m. (“haa thum” as the Thais would say).
Its menu includes a range of dishes that will be familiar to Europeans who have experienced Turkish cuisine. In addition to great food, this beautiful restaurant has great food and a very friendly staff who provide a high standard of service. It is important to note that this is not a fast-food restaurant, as Turkish food with its freshly-cooked ingredients takes time to prepare; however, I was pleased when I didn’t have too long to wait!
The Anatolia restaurant is a cozy place with 8-10 tables, pleasant lighting and relaxing traditional Turkish back-ground music. Its location could not be better: despite being near Pattaya’s tourist zone, it is on a lovely walking path leading from Second Road to the Beach Road. I have been to the Anatolia a couple of times and can recommend the Anatolia Kebab with Pita and Yoghurt Beef. It was delicious the first time, and even better on my second visit. This dish is the customers’ favourite, according to Mr. Gökhan, who created Anatolia’s menu. The Anatolia serves alcohol, especially Turkish Rakı, an unusual anise liquor which you might want to try: it is a clear drink, traditionally called Lion’s Milk, which turns to a milky color when a bit of water is added.
The Anatolia, located in central Pattaya, is a must-go restaurant in my experience, so I strongly recommend you try it at least once. I am sure you will be pleasantly surprised. By the way, you can prevue the menu at their website www.anatoliapattaya.com.
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