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Where To Find A Turkish Restaurant In Melbourne?

Looking for a delicious Turkish meal in Melbourne? There are plenty of great options, and we've put together a list of some of the best ones. 

From traditional fare to modern takes on Turkish cuisine, you're sure to find something to satisfy your cravings. So why not check out one of these fabulous Turkish restaurants today? Enjoy!

Best Turkish Restaurants in Melbourne

Below is a list of the top and leading Turkish Restaurants in Melbourne. To help you find the best Turkish restaurants near you in Melbourne, we put together our list based on this rating points list.

Nomad Melbourne

187 Flinders Lane, Melbourne

Filling the shoes of now-closed CBD institution Ezard is the first Melbourne outpost of Sydney's much-loved Mediterranean restaurant Nomad. Owners Rebecca and Al Yazbek have transformed the Adelphi Hotel's lower ground floor into Nomad's new 100-seat southern iteration, replicating the ethos of the original while championing a whole new menu filled with local produce.

Celebrated executive chef Jacqui Challinor has worked closely with Nomad Melbourne's new head chef Brendan Katich (Gingerboy, Ezard), to develop the eatery's signature offering, centred around house-made cheese and charcuterie (think, duck mortadella and trout basturma), and the kitchen's prized wood-fired oven. Fans will find just a handful of menu mainstays, backed by a lineup of brand new dishes, with plenty of locally-sourced meat and veggies cooked over flames among the mix.

You're in for plates like baked jersey milk ricotta with Ortiz anchovies and fire-roasted peppers, barbecued spatchcock finished with harissa and toum (Lebanese garlic sauce), and the dry-aged pork cutlet teamed with a salsa of golden raisins and capers. Dessert might see you tucking into wood-roasted pineapple cake elevated with yoghurt sorbet and rose el hanout. 

Otherwise, the $95 feasting menu features a great parade of nine dishes to share.

A sprawling wine list focuses on homegrown drops, with Victorian wineries and smaller producers giving lots of love. An extensive all-Aussie pouring list will regularly rotate, offering the chance to sample new wines with every visit, including premium creations served via Coravin.

Industry Beans Fitzroy

70-76 Westgarth Street, Fitzroy

It's been eight years since Trevor and Steve Simmons launched their first Industry Beans coffee roastery and cafe in the backstreets of Fitzroy. It would quickly become a landmark of Australia's coffee scene, growing to encompass a six-strong stable of venues across Melbourne, Brisbane and Sydney. 2021 now sees the brand embrace one of its biggest changes yet, moving from their OG northside digs to a grander space just around the corner, accessed via Westgarth Street.

Slanted to open in July, the new site will boast extra room to house an expanded offering — complete with larger dining space, onsite coffee roastery and dedicated retail area. Final plans for the cafe are yet to be revealed, though guests can look forward to a fit-out that fuses familiar Industry Beans elements with some new, modern twists.

Similarly, the menu is set to score some updates of its own, as this venue and all its siblings move into the winter season. The ever-innovative lineup will feature a mix of signature favourites and new seasonal creations to enjoy alongside the roaster's top-notch rotation of caffeinated delights.

Kickin Inn Port Melbourne

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309 Bay Street, Port Melbourne

If you thought seafood was best suited to sultry summer days, Port Melbourne's newest restaurant might change your mind. The Aussie-born chain Kickin' Inn already has eight NSW restaurants under its belt, and now it's adding its first Melbourne venue to the family.

Kickin' Inn has taken over the former Rose Hotel site and promises to cure those lingering winter blues with a signature offering of seafood tossed through punchy house-made 'Kajun' sauces.

For the uninitiated, Kickin' Inn offers an all-in, bibs-and-gloves experience, where diners do away with cutlery and get their hands messy with bags full of prawns, mud crab, pipis and shellfish using only the tools that Jesus gave you. The Cajun-inspired house sauces — here, dubbed 'Kajun' — are more than mere support acts, with the venue boasting five flavour-charged secret recipes.

If feasting is on the agenda, you'll find an abundance of snacks to kick things off, including battered squid tentacles, jalapeno cheese bites ($19), freshly-shucked Sydney rock oysters ($18-28) and wings ($29). 

After that, you've got some big decisions to make. Choose your main event from a slew of ocean-fresh goodies, including whole crayfish ($48), pounds of peeled prawns ($29-39), a pile of baby octopus ($29), blue swimmer pieces ($32), or a mess of mussels and pipis ($94). Pick a matching sauce, whack in some additions like corn or chorizo, and dial up the heat level as high as you dare — keeping in mind the 'inferno' option is only halfway up the scale.

Meanwhile, a separate lunch menu features more solo-friendly feeds from a prawn spaghetti ($24) to a mini mixed bag of seafood served with rice ($24).

Marko

Market, South Melbourne

Vegetables are the undisputed heroes at the southside's newest casual eatery, located right on the edge of the South Melbourne Market. Marko is kicking it slowly, embracing an old-school food philosophy and dishing up a vibrant offering that's entirely plant-based.

The brainchild of food industry veteran Dehne Bingham (former CEO of Belles Hot Chicken and 100 Burgers Group), the restaurant is set on getting back to basics, focusing on serving food that's better for the community, the planet and the people eating it.

In the kitchen, Head Chef Nabin Shrestha (Rumi, Vegie Bar) is plating a daytime menu of vegan and vegetarian dishes, curated by a long-time champion of plant-based dining, chef Charley Snadden-Wilson (Ramblr, Etta, Embla). 

There's a strong emphasis on sourcing ingredients as locally as possible, working with the seasons and, of course, snubbing any preservatives or other nasties. But Marko isn't afraid to have some fun, too, with a colourful lineup of eats that shows plenty of creativity.

Diners can choose from the list of burgers ranging from $12-15, all available with gluten-free alternatives — from the signature Marko cheeseburger layered with coconut cheese and a plant-based patty to the spicy cauliflower number with jalapenos and chipotle mayo. 

Fluffy pitas ($13-14) from Brunswick's Alaska Bakery are also on the menu and come stuffed with the likes of green pea falafel or roasted mushrooms with quinoa tabbouleh and tahini sauce.

Marko also serves up a range of vibrant veggie bowls ($13-15), along with sides like chilli-topped corn ribs ($8) and crispy chips finished with your choice of house seasoning. And, you can make a meal of it with one of three options, matching a burger or pita with chips, dip and a Capi soda ($23-26). To drink, expect to find a rotation of craft brews, natural wines, and cocktails, both boozy and non-alcoholic, along with caffeinated options shuttled down from nearby coffee window Clement.

As a feel-good bonus factor, there's also an environmental conscience that extends beyond the meat-free menu. Marko uses all recyclable packaging, has implemented a unique system for recycling food waste and powers its kitchen partly by renewables.

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Pasta Poetry

86 Station Street, Fairfield

As Melbourne's frosty winter temperatures kick in, so do the cravings for comfort food. Specifically, big bowls of fresh saucy pasta cooked how Nonna would like. But, if you haven't got the skills (or patience) to hone your own at-home pasta production game, you'll find a new culinary saviour in Fairfield's newly launched Pasta Poetry.

The brainchild of Melbourne hospitality veteran Theo Krambias (CH James), Pasta Poetry is a multifaceted homage to the art of pasta-making. The boutique pasta shop is now open, with an adjoining restaurant launch later this year. 

Heading up the kitchen is a dynamic duo — Executive Chef Elena Kavallaris, fresh from training in Bologna, Italy, and Head Chef Robin Turner (La Luna Bistro in Carlton, Zsa's Bar and Bistro in Northcote). Together, they're whipping up the store's signature range of fresh handmade pasta and traditional sauces, ready for you to take home and turn into a masterpiece of your own.

On the ever-changing menu, you'll find expertly executed varieties like egg tagliatelle, tortelloni tondo stuffed with spinach and locally made ricotta, and cappelletti filled with 18-hour braised ox cheek. 

Gluten-free, vegan options abound, with gnocchi crafted using chickpea and tapioca dough and a saffron pumpkin ravioli. Sauce options run to the likes of a creamy parmesan zabaglione, a buttery white wine number, and the classic Bologna-style slow-cooked ragu.

If you get overwhelmed with choices, friendly staff are on hand to help you mix and match your way to new pasta night heights. In-store, you'll also find a couple of ready-to-heat lasagne varieties, house-made garlic bread and a classic two-person tiramisu. Plus, there's a tidy selection of pasta accompaniments, including cheeses, herbs and a range of wine.

For the summer 2021-22 season, Pasta Poetry has also unveiled its new al fresco courtyard where you can kick back with antipasto plates, freshly-made pasta serves and summer-inspired cocktails. There's even a central bocce court for some friendly competition. The courtyard is open through summer from 3 pm Wednesday to Friday.

Vesper

23-25 Toorak Road, South Yarra

Has a year without travel left you craving a sun-drenched excursion to the other side of the world? 

Well, you might not be able to enjoy the real deal just yet, but you can indulge in a pretty convincing make-believe session at South Yarra bar and bistro Vesper. Since opening its doors in late January 2021, this restaurant has been transporting diners to the sparkling islands of the Mediterranean, with the help of a seafood-Harvey menu spiked with a variety of regional flavours.

Italian chef Francesco Castellana (Vue de Monde, New York's Per Se) is heading up the kitchen, where he's saying those travel yearnings with elegant plates — including almond gazpacho with olive oil-poached mackerel ($25), plus Sardinian-style fregola with pecorino and saffron-braised abalone ($33). 

There's an expansive raw bar selection, showcasing bites like house-cured swordfish finished with pickled grape, baby fennel ($19.50), and marinated vegetables teamed with a buffalo yoghurt tzatziki ($15). The red snapper fillet ($36.50) comes with a side of preserved lemon salmoriglio, as well as potato and caper purée. At the same time, the lamb cutlet ($39.50) is crusted in pistachio and mustard, served alongside an artichoke skordalia.

Le Bajo Milkbar

8-14 Howard Street, North Melbourne

Years of travelling back and forth between Jakarta and Melbourne cultivated an affinity for Australian culture for Le Bajo founder and owner Jason Gunawan. After successfully co-running Bali's famous Potato Head Beach Club, he was about to depart on his next venture before the pandemic hit.

Labuan Bajo was set to open on Flores, an Indonesian island known for its Komodo dragons, as well as a diverse sea life of manta rays and turtles. But as the project had to be postponed further and further, Gunawan was determined not to let nearly nine months of planning go to waste. He decided to bring part of the concept to North Melbourne instead, in a spacious garage home to a collection of old-school Mercs and Porsches.

Seeking the help of hospitality friends and northside neighbours, Gunawan reached out to Kantaro Okada, owner of 279, to open Le Bajo with him. Forced to stay in Melbourne, With a concept locked in, the team set to work sourcing old farm and corner store furniture — gathered during Melbourne's 2020 stage-four lockdown. 

Wooden countertops, chairs, glass cabinets and cupboards were given a new life. Inspired by the disappearing milk bars of Australia, Gunawan took the opportunity to make Le Bajo a place to reminisce about Australiana.

Retro hand-painted signs, lamps and thrifted ornaments fill the cafe, offering it an old-time aesthetic that feels familiar and quaint. Lush plants also line the space, transforming this industrial venue into a welcoming abode.

And while the menu has its nods to Australian classics, such as milkshakes and milk coffees, the food at Le Bajo is otherwise distinctly Japanese. The team roasts its coffee and bakes its shokunin bread ($16 per loaf) — a much-loved fluffy milk bread cut thick for sandos and toast.

One of the venue's most sought-after items, the fruit sando ($7), is a triangle of vibrant fresh fruits and whipped cream wedged between two slices of cloud-like bread. For more savoury options, the spicy cod roe toast ($12) or spicy tako sando ($19.50) are two house favourites.

For a complete food experience, Gunawan recommends the morning set, a staple breakfast originating from Nagoya — a city in the Chūbu region of Japan where many of the staff at Le Bajo are from. 

"This set is a combination of toast, potato salad, boiled egg, yogurt with homemade jam and a batch-brew coffee," Gunawan explains. "It offers a savoury and sweet flavour combination that you can mix and match across the plate."

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FAQs About Melbourne Restaurants

Tulum Restaurant is a favourite place for TheFork users. This 9.4 rated restaurant is located in Melbourne (VIC) and would be an excellent choice for your next meal. Pinarbasi Restaurant and Lezzet are also some of the more popular Turkish restaurants in Melbourne (VIC), according to reviews from our users.

Some of the more popular Turkish restaurants in Port Phillip, according to TheFork users, include Tulum Restaurant, Lezzet, and Marmara Restaurant. Discover all Turkish restaurants: Turkish restaurants near Port Phillip.

This is a review for Turkish restaurants in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia:

"Awesome Turkish food with great service. They have a few items on the menu, like seafood that you can't get at other places, and their capsicum dip is amazing. We went to a Turkish place. My only complaint is the ridiculous belly dancer on Saturday nights. We avoid it on Saturdays for this reason other than that it's great."

These are some highly-rated Turkish restaurants in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia:

  • Tulum Turkish Restaurant (5/5)
  • Kebab Thyme (5/5)
  • Anatolia Gozleme Kitchen (5/5)
  • Babajan (4.5/5)
  • Roxy Kebabs (4.5/5)

Key ingredients being primarily meat, vegetable and legumes, Turkish meals are generally soupy, consisting of some stew or stock. Hence, bread consumption tends to be way too much among Turks. Turkish kebabs, döner kebab, Turkish ravioli and some eggplant dishes are the trademarks of Turkish cuisine.

Enjoy the Best Turkish Food Melbourne Diners Know and Love

There’s no need to venture too far from home when it comes to finding delicious Turkish cuisine Melbourne residents love. The city is home to some of the best Turkish food, commonly enjoyed in suburban neighbourhoods and central markets. If you want to find the best Turkish restaurant Melbourne diners enjoy, most will easily point to a northern suburb such as Coburg. 

However, there’s no need to look that far if you love Turkish cuisine. The Afghan Gallery is situated in the heart of Fitzroy and serves up some of the best Turkish food Melbourne diners have grown to be fond of. Among our menu are some dishes with Turkish and Persian influences, and we are always glad to have new diners visit our restaurant to sample some of the best that our kitchen has to offer.

The Best Turkish Restaurant Melbourne Diners Love to Recommend

If you’ve been searching for a Turkish restaurant Melbourne diners love to recommend to their friends and family, consider visiting us in Fitzroy. The Afghan gallery provides a delicious collection of Persian and Turkish dishes among our delectable menu. People often consider looking for a restaurant where Turkish cuisine is served to Coburg residents to enjoy. 

However, there’s no need to venture too far out from the CBD, with the Afghan gallery located just in the heart of Fitzroy. Whether you’ve been looking for a Turkish restaurant, Carlton residents love, or a Turkish restaurant Fitzroy diners are happy to recommend, know that we are conveniently located just along the main Brunswick street shopping strip.

Delicious Turkish Cuisine Melbourne

When it comes to finding the best Turkish restaurant, local diners recognise plenty of people who know to look within the Northern suburbs. If you’re among diners searching for a Turkish food restaurant in Melbourne, look no further than to the Afghan gallery. Among our repertoire of delicious Turkish cuisine include:

– Kebabs,

– Mantoo,

– Kormas, and

– Desserts for all to savour.

If you’ve been searching for the best Turkish food Melbourne diners know and love, you are more than welcome to discover our menu at the Afghan gallery. We are likened to among the best Turkish restaurants in Melbourne and continue to impress with our delicious menu.

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