It's not every night that you eat a meal prepared by one of Sydney's top chefs, aka the man dubbed Australia's godfather of Turkish cuisine. And it's not every night that you can devour four courses of his delicious fare in a mouth-watering feast — but you can at Gerard's Bistro on June 22.
That's when the Istanbul-born culinary wiz behind Sydney's Anason takes over the James Street favourite for an evening to remember, and a meal to remember as well. At A Night with Somer Sivrioglu, you'll chomp your way through a flavoursome banquet of recipes from his award-winning cookbook Anatolia, and feel like your tastebuds have been whisked back to the Ottoman Empire. You can also grab a signed copy of his book if you want to try to rework his magic at home.
Dishes include icli kofte, kuzu tandir and somon pastirma — or pulled duck dumplings with kashk yogurt, lamb neck with spring onion and garlic and fenugreek cured salmon with zucchini flowers. For dessert, prepare to indulge in a Turkish mess with gullach, mastic merengue, rose cream and berries. The dinner costs $150 per person, but it's worth it (and cheaper than flights down south to do the same thing).