Trout and I have gotten into this random routine of beginning every Friday evening by going straight to the beach/pub for a beer (or two…) and then finding somewhere to grab dinner. It’s a pretty fun routine, and we have either been catching up with restaurants that we love but haven’t been to for a while, or we hunt down somewhere new.
Last Friday we stumbled across Anatolia Cuisine on St. James Street and couldn’t resist the smokey smells, assuring mention of hummus on the menu, and the casual atmosphere we could see through the slightly steamed windows. As we had been on the beach for a couple of hours, and were wearing shorts and a t-shirt, we really didn’t want to go anywhere formal – just somewhere relaxed and easy going. This place was perfect.
For starter we ordered hummus with turkish bread, and Trout had something vegetable-based with salad. I just can’t remember what it was, but I know it was super delicious. I am so in love with proper hummus – the kind you can really only find in restaurants like this. I (almost) licked the plate clean. For our main course I had baked stuffed aubergine and Trout had falafel, which both came with rice and salad, and some more turkish bread to share. Both dishes were incredible. The aubergine was smokey and delicious, the falafel were perfectly spiced and I loved that spoonful of rice and salad dressed with sharp lemon.
Oh gosh, I was stuffed afterwards and stumbled home with a full and happy belly! I’m sure if you eat meat it would be amazing here, too – the restaurant has a huge open charcoal grill and everything looked really good that came away from it. It’s a really sweet, affordable place – I definitely recommend a visit if you’re in Brighton!
Have you eaten at Anatolia Cuisine before? Do you ever eat at Turkish restaurants?