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A Turkish Sensation & Belly Dancing : Koy

Koy Restaurant

Before we came to Koy, we know little about Turkish cuisine but were curious to find out.  All we know are Turkish dips, Turkish bread and Turkish coffee.  So, when I saw the value offering for a 7-course meal, I was very excited to experience it.


Koy is located just outside of South Melbourne market.  Don’t be fooled by the name “Koy” because while it sound the same, it doesn’t mean Japanese carp 🙂  This restaurant spells Modern Turkish all across the interiors and decor.  The service was also very attentive and friendly.

Before long, our first course came.  I couldn’t remember what is the name of this dish but the dip was very very tasty.  Sun-dried tomatoes was added for that wonderful texture.

Dip and Crispy Bread

Traditional cacik dip of cucumber and yoghurt topped with olives, served with turkish breadTraditional ‘Cacik’ dip of cucumber and yoghurt topped with olives, served with bread

Turkish dips are delicious and turkish breads are light and fluffy.  Perfect companion to each other! We also thoroughly enjoyed the aromatic Cypriot Salad served with roasted cauliflower and sweet currant and pomegranate dressing.  Similarly the next dish, Turkish spring roll managed to delight us even more with the addictive rose jam and crispy skin spring rolls.

Cypriot SaladCypriot salad featuring cauliflower, currants, walnut, tomato and red onion with pomegranate molasses dressing

Sigara boregi served with rose jamSigara Boregi (Turkish spring roll) served with rose jam

The good food just gets better and better with Stuffed Mushroom Boat and Eggplant wrapped with Pastrami.   One thing’s for sure, almost all their dishes have cheese.  But we’re not complaining because it was delicious.

Kabak Dolmasi (Stuffed mushroom boat)Kabak Dolmasi (Stuffed Mushroom Boat)

Eggplant wrapped with pastramiPasirma Ve Peynir Meze (Eggplant wrapped with Pastrami)

Mixed Grill of Chicken, Lamb, Spiced Rissole and Turkish SausageMixed Grill – Chicken, Lamb, Spiced Rissole & Turkish Sausage

After 6 courses of tapas-style Turkish dishes from the Chef’s selection, we were presented with our individual Mixed Grill of tayuk (chicken), kuzu (lamb), sucuk kofte (spiced rissole) and sucuk sausage (Turkish sausage).  The meat was perfectly cooked and accompanied well with fragrant rice.

The portions were generous and we were totally bombed by then! But we can’t say no to desserts, right?

To complete the wonderful meal, we had a combination of sweet Dessert Platter and  Turkish Coffee served with Turkish Delight.  The cup was just a tiny ware and very very strong.

Turkish-CoffeeTurkish Coffee

Dessert Platter of Rice Pudding, Baklava and Turkish DelightTurkish Dessert Platter (Rice Pudding, Turkish Delight & Baklava)

The restaurant got busy when we almost finished our meal.  Oh, and there was an entertaining belly dancing that starts at 8pm every Saturday.

Overall, the meal was enjoyable.  The flavours were just right for us and it was not what we have imagined Turkish cuisine to be.  In fact, it was better than what we have imagined!

Burp! Checklist
To die for : Turkish Meze
Price : $$
Yummy Factor : +3.5
Noise Level : Medium

[Koy Restaurant]
116 Cecil St, South Melbourne, Victoria
P: 03 9696 9640
Wed-Sat: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Sun: Breakfast & Lunch
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