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June 24, 2019

Launched at the start of summer, Turkiye has replaced the veteran City Merchant restaurant on Candleriggs.

While the former restaurant specialised in Scottish seafood, the new business focuses on food from Turkey and the wider Mediterranean region.

A typical Turkish meal starts with a selection of mezze or hot and cold starters.

At Turkiye, the hot mezze include grilled halloumi, calamari and lamb meatballs. They also offer the Albanian speciality  arnavut cigeri, a hearty dish of chopped liver.

The cold mezze include stuffed peppers hummus and piyaz, a bean salad.

If you can't choose what to have or simply fancy a little bit of several dishes then you can order the chef's selection of hot and cold mixed mezze.

The hot mezze selection includes calamari, sucuk sausage, halloumi, falafel and sigara boregi - a type of hot, feta-filled pastry parcel.

The cold mezze selection features hummus, olives, baba ghanoush, chopped cuke and herbs in yoghurt plus patlican soslu, a fried aubergine dish.

Charcoal grill

The charcoal grill never cools at Turkiye.

The charcoal grill never cools at Turkiye. Pic: Facebook

The charcoal grill usually takes pride of place in a Turkish kitchen and at Turkiye, the chefs are kept busy cooking up a variety of lamb and chicken kebabs.

From lamb chops and chicken wings to Adana-style kebabs, there is a wide choice of charcoal grilled dishes.

Alternatively, you could tackle a chicken, lamb or seafood casserole. Seafood lovers might also be tempted by the fish kebab or the pan-fried sea bass.

Great pide toppings

Turkiye also serves pide, Turkey's take on pitta bread.

They come with a variety of toppings from a simple cheese pide to the lamb pide topped with lamb, tomatoes, peppers and sauce.

Typical desserts might be rice pudding, cheesecake or a chunk of gorgeously sticky baklava.

Of course, Turkiye is just across from the City Halls and the Old Fruitmarket so they have a pre-theatre menu for concert goers.

Two courses from the pre-theatre are £15.95 while three courses are £18.95.

And if you find that Turkish dishes hit the sweetspot then you may want to consider strolling down to Turkiye on a Sunday morning and enjoying their special Turkish breakfast spread. See pic below.

Naturally, you can book into Turkiye with 5pm Dining.

Turkiye serves a Turkish breakfast every Sunday from 10.30am.

Turkiye serves a Turkish breakfast every Sunday from 10.30am. Pic: Facebook