Refreshingly different Beautiful South’s Denise Lloyd enjoys authentic Turkish dining in the heart of Petersfield…
ucked away in the charming Bakery Lane, Fez is a family-run restaurant which aims to embrace the spirit of Anatolian cuisine – serving a wide range of authentic meze, chicken, lamb and seafood dishes in relaxed surroundings. After growing up and training in Turkey, their chef uses top quality ingredients sourced from genuine Turkish suppliers to help ensure every meal has an exacting blend of flavours. From entering the restaurant, it was clear that we were in for an authentic Turkish experience, with the smell of fresh, delicious food filling the room, as we glimpsed the chefs working in the kitchen on our way to the table.
The traditional Turkish décor throughout the restaurant really set the scene, replicated by the function room, where Fez also cater for parties and group bookings. With so much choice on offer, it was a tough task to whittle it down to one dish, but the attentive staff drew on their experience to offer recommendations tailored to our preferences. To start, we opted for the warm mixed Mezzeler platter and, from the specials menu, Mucver Courgettes frittes made with feta cheese, eggs, flour and fresh herbs (mint, dill and parsley), served with salad and cacik (diced cucumber with garlic in yoghurt). Moving on to our mains, we enjoyed Imzir Kofte - a lamb meatball casserole dish with vegetables in a rich tomato sauce, served with rice, salad
and yoghurt – and, from the specials menu, Bal Pirzola – grilled lamb cutlets served with honey rice, cacik and antep esmesi (fine diced tomato, spicy pepper puree, red pepper, onion, parsley and olive oil). These vibrant, fresh dishes demonstrated Turkish cuisine at its very best – wholesome, satisfying and above all, bursting with flavour. To finish, we enjoyed a sweet treat: traditional Baklava – layers of filo pastry with walnuts and honey syrup, topped with crushed pistachio. We could not fault the quality of the food – all wonderfully fresh and bursting with flavour, complemented by the warm, welcoming atmosphere and great service throughout. But above all, Fez brings something refreshingly different to dining in Petersfield – an experience to savour, which will leave you wanting to come back time and time again… Located at 39b Chapel Street, Bakery Lane, Fez is open seven days a week. Call to book now on 01730 231266 or visit www.fezpetersfield.com
“FEZ BRINGS SOMETHING REFRESHINGLY DIFFERENT TO DINING IN PETERSFIELD – AN EXPERIENCE TO SAVOUR.” 19 | May/ June 2017 | Beautiful South / FOOD & DRINK