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Downtown Istanbul

Expect Turkish favourites, old and new.
By Sarah Ward
August 11, 2016
By Sarah Ward
August 11, 2016

For years, enjoying a feast of Turkish cuisine in Brisbane'e east meant heading along to Ahmet's in Bulimba. When the popular restaurant closed its doors, your stomach was far from happy; however that's where Downtown Istanbul comes in.

Operated by Ahmet's former owners, the brand new eatery is serving up all the meals you know and love — plus a few fresh additions, too — just around the corner in Hawthorne. Nestled within the suburb's new cinema complex, Downtown Istanbul will take care of your Turkish cravings over lunch and dinner seven days a week, with takeaway also available, and weekend breakfast selections coming soon.

Yes, that means you can start picking between share plates of falafel and iman bayildi, devouring gozleme with your choice of fillings, trying to select pide toppings or savouring char grilled shish as soon as you can make it to Hawthorne Road. Turkish delight is on the dessert menu, of course, while Turkish-style twists on sangria, margaritas and other cocktails are also on offer. Plus, midday diners can munch on one of four different Ottoman burgers. Yep, Brissie's favourite trend just went Turkish as well.

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