Review: Cappadocia | Redbrick | University of Birmingham

Review: Cappadocia

Food Editor Caitlin Dickinson visited Cappadocia in the Jewellery Quarter, to try some Turkish cuisine for Valentine’s Day.

Cappadocia is located in Birmingham's Jewellery Quarter at 33 Frederick St. The cuisine is based upon traditional Turkish Cappadocian cuisine, which involves grilled meats, bulgur wheat and fresh salads. I have never been to Cappadocia myself, nor have I been to a Cappadocian restaurant at home or in Birmingham. This was certainly a new experience for myself on Valentine’s Day.

If you are vegan or vegetarian, do not be put off by the Turkish grill exterior of the restaurant as it caters extensively for your dietary needs
The restaurant was delicately decorated with love hearts on the tables and had a pleasant music on in the background. Once we had sat down at the table, there was an extensive menu presented to us. I was truly surprised to discover that there was an eclectic array of vegan food available from patilican soslu (a mixture of aubergine, peppers, onions stewed in tomato sauce) to broad bean falafel. If you are vegan or vegetarian, do not be put off by the Turkish grill exterior of the restaurant as it caters extensively for your dietary needs.

For starters we ordered the mixed hot starter for two to share. Before this even came to the table we were greeted with some freshly baked focaccia style bead and dips. The dips were cacik (yoghurt, mint, cucumber and some secret flavours) and a spicy chilli and pepper sauce, which was a delicious appetiser to begin with. This generous portion of food included houmous, calamari, feta spring roll, falafel, grilled halloumi and aioli dip. The different flavours and textures the dish involved in this dish, made this a delight for the palate. I would definitely recommend for the excellent price of £11.95.

I believe that there may have been a secret spice added to the meat, however I am yet to figure out what the smoky but sweet grill taste of the meat was
For mains we were recommended to have the ‘Chef's Special’ for our mains, and seeing as it was Valentine’s Day, why not share with your date? The chef's special for two had spiced chicken kebab, a skewered lamb kebab, Adana kofte, four chicken wings, four lamb ribs, served with rice and bulgur, salad on a large platter. This was all cooked fresh from their in-house grill for a reasonable £29.90. The selection of meat we had was all succulent and flavoursome, I believe that there may have been a secret spice added to the meat, however I am yet to figure out what the smoky but sweet grill taste of the meat was. My favourite element of the meat was the lamb kebab that was served. This kebab was subtly spicy and tender cooked, this made the dish absolutely amazing.

A surprisingly tasty part of the main course was the bulgur wheat. I would never usually cook this food, or order it at a restaurant so it was pleasant to have a different texture on my palate. The bulgur wheat was cooked to have a spicy tomato undertone and included chickpeas and pomegranate chunks. I have never sampled bulgur wheat like this before and thoroughly enjoyed the wholesome tomato flavour it gave to the predominantly spicy dish.

A surprisingly tasty part of the main course was the bulgur wheat
The food here, although not necessarily cheap, certainly was packed with flavour and texture variety. I would definitely recommend this for you and a loved one at any time of the year, not just Valentines. It is worth the extra spend for an independent restaurant that values fresh food and fresh cooking. So if you happen to be in the Jewellery Quarter, you must drop by and have a taste of Cappadocia.

English Literature BA Undergraduate and Redbrick Food&Drink Editor. (@caitlinabby)



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14th March 2018 at 9:00 am



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