Updated on: July 26, 2018
In 2014, Ergülü Kayretli, owner of halal Safranbolu Turkish restaurant in zhongshan district, Taipei, Taiwan, saw an opportunity to set up a restaurant offering authentic Turkish food to local Taiwanese and fellow Turks far away from homeland. Safranbolu Turkish restaurant is the first in Taipei and the third restaurant of its kind in Chinese populated Taiwan.
With two rotisseries clearly displayed in the shop front slow roasting a huge chunk of beef and chicken, passerbys would be enticed to drop in for a meal.
The dining area situated on the second level via a narrow staircase opens up to a spacious seating area with red and cream colored theme, resembling the traditional houses located in a town in northern Turkey, Safranbolu, which the restaurant is named after.
It would be hard not to fall in love with the painstakingly decorated restaurant designed with pride and love for Turkey. With intricately designed carpets, stained glass lamps hanging beautifully midair, multi colored lanterns, bronze Turkish coffee pots and several ornaments sit around the restaurant for all to admire.
Tuck into Safranbolu special Kebab consisting of a copious amount of flavorful barbequed eggplant, wings, chicken breast, lamb, beef, and tomatoes, with a dollop of moreish hummus on the side. To remove any feelings of unplesantness after the heavy platter, cooling yran salted yoghurt drink is offered. Mixed pide is Turkish variation of pizza, a flatbread served with ground beef, cheese and egg hand crafted by its chef.
Another Turkish dish that is pretty delightful would be the Kofte sweet and spicy beef meatballs and lavas bread accompanied by a side dish of eggplants, potato, beans as well as a yoghurt mushroom dip of sauce. Be sure to finish off a meal with Turkish sweet dessert or a cuppa two of coffee.
How much pride a chef take in producing quality food for his customers can be seen by the food itself. Turkish food requires the skills and effort of a real dedicated chef to present the best of Turkish delights for people around the world to enjoy. Be grateful for all that is served.
Visit to have a little taste of Turkey.