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Every now and then a restaurant comes along that we can't help but get excited about. Besides, who wouldn't bounce off the walls at the sight of Turkish food? This is where 47 On Grant comes into play. The restaurant itself is a chip off the old Eastern European block. Careful attention has been paid to the interior of this fine establishment, so much so that it is as if you have stepped inside a cafe in Istanbul. On arrival, you are treated to a complimentary cup of traditional Turkish tea to cleanse the palate and make you feel at home. The smell of lamb, hummus and spice from the Orient fill the air.
To add even more to the authenticity is that fact that all the ingredients are sourced in order to comply with Halaal regulations. It's a tough job to choose, but dishes that stand out include the mixed grill platter (served with adana, urfa and beyti kebabs, chicken cubes, chicken, chops and salads) and the outstanding fusion dish, Sri Lankan curry. 47 On Grant serves a wide array of Turkish food which is inspired by the entire region. The country itself is a smorgasbord of culinary history. From Jidish-inspired falafels to Persian shawarmas, the Turkish diaspora is a true gem on the world map of good food. Each dish on the menu has been carefully constructed to portray the very best of Turkish cuisine.
A meal like this deserves a note-worthy ending, and this comes in the form of traditional Turkish coffee. If you can't get to Cappadocia any time soon, consider this the next best thing: complete with brass pots and all!
If you ever find yourself in Norwood (and make your way there if you don't), do your inner-foodie a favour and head to 47 On Grant — you will not be disappointed. Just note that they do not sell alcohol (as they are strictly Halaal, after all). Come hungry and leave satisfied by the best Turkish food Johannesburg has to offer.
By Shawn Greyling
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