While the name might conjure up spooky images of a bad ’80s horror movie or a cheesy black metal band, Anatolia’s Gate is actually a Turkish restaurant offering plenty of delicious and interesting departures from the usual Middle Eastern donairs and such. We’ve stopped by a few times since I first heard about it through a coworker this summer and each time were pretty impressed with the food so it’s high time for a review.
On the first visit we ordered Chicken Guvech, Urfa Kabob, Ezme, and Lavash. There were a couple of mistakes with our orders but the staff was extremely polite and friendly so all was forgiven. And besides fixing our orders they let us keep an extra order of lavash on the house so that was nice too of course 🙂
The Lavash bread ($2-$4-$6) is the star of the show at this restaurant and was selected as one of the 101 things to taste in Vancouver by Vancouver Magazine. My coworker had gushed endlessly about it at work and seemingly drooled at the mere thought of it, so Wendy and I made sure to include it in our meal.
It’s baked to order right in front of you at their traditional hot stone oven along with many of their other dishes. You can choose whole wheat or white for this or any of their other dishes that use this dough and we ended up trying both (they’re both equally delicious). Sprinkled with oil and sesame seeds and served up warm and fluffy with a side of haydari/cacik dip (not listed on the menu but it was one of these Turkish dips which are similar to a tzatziki), it’s something we have since stopped by to pick up just to have as a side dish for a home cooked meal. So it’s good enough that a trip for lavash alone is worthwhile!