On a Summer trip out to of the capital, my girlfriend and I went on a bit of travelling, leaving the city of London for the day out in Dover. Especially known for its tourism, the town of Dover offers several sightseeing spots including the Dover Castle, White Cliffs of Dover and a few museums. Within the main town centre, we came across a Turkish restaurant called Aspendos which was very close by to the port of Dover.

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  • Food - 9/10
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  • Ambiance - 9/10
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  • Service - 9/10
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  • Value for Money - 9/10
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Verdict

If travelling to Dover on a sunny day, take a visit to Aspendos to have some amazing Turkish food.

Website: www.aspendosrestaurants.co.uk/
Price Range: ££
Telephone: 01304 268647
Address: 12 King St, Dover CT16 1NU
Nearest Station: Dover Priory

On a search for halal restaurants, we came across Aspendos, a Turkish restaurant offering a different cuisine to the vast number of Indian restaurants within the town centre.

Upon entering we are greeted with a large open spacing with an open grill approach from the kitchen. Within such a colourful setting, the designs of various paintings including the Dover cliffs and the Bosphurus Bridge amongst others provide an essence of excellence. Also, with the beaming sun shining onto us through the wide-open doors, the bright colours outshine to give you a fantastic dining experience.

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With over two decades worth of experience, Aspendos offers a large variety of meat and fish courses grilled on their open grill kitchen. Things can get steamy; however, it allows to see how your food is being made.

Starters

For starters, we ordered Hummus as Turkish restaurants generally provide complimentary bread, Cacik, olives and salad. The bread provided was immensely soft along with a very tasty Hummus.

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We tried to not fill up on bread before our mains come, but they were just too tasty to not be able to stay away and finish the bowl.

Mains

Specialising in grilled meat and fish, we both ordered the Chicken Beyti and the Salmon each along with a portion of chips.

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Our food came within 15 minutes of ordering, so we didn’t have to wait long. The food also came just in time of finishing our first bowl of bread. The Chicken Beyti was sliced in two pieces and was presented on a plate with both white rice and bulgur, giving me a choice to try different options. I prefer bulgur mostly, but I can’t say no to rice. Along with the mains, I received large peppers and tomatoes, however, I generally avoid these as I’m not too fond of them on my meal. The texture of the chicken was immaculate, and I can say it tasted amazing. I generally enjoy chicken beyti meals from Turkish restaurants and this would rank as one in the top league.

The Salmon came in a large bowl topped with salad and judging by the texture and colour of the Salmon, you can tell it had been grilled! The inside of the Salmon was cooked to perfection and tasted amazing according to my girlfriend.

Desserts

We were both stuffed after finishing our mains, but that doesn’t stop Turkish restaurants from giving more complementariness! We were both offered tea and baklava, all free on the house. There isn’t anything different about the tea as this is the usual Turkish tea served. The Baklava was great; however, we were too stuffed to finish it.

Aspendos offers an exceptional dining experience, from the décor to the serving food. Their atmosphere coupled with the open grill kitchen, provide you with an experience you may not feel at your typical Turkish restaurants in London. From several Turkish restaurants I have been to, Aspendos would rank highly amongst them all. I am gutted that I can’t visit Aspendos regularly as I live nowhere near Dover, however on travels to Dover, Aspendos would be a definite recommendation if looking for Turkish cuisine.

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