Turkish Brunch at Ankara Launches June 13 – Check Out the Menu

1320 19th Street, NW

Update: From the owners of Ankara: “Guests have their choice of bottomless Mimosa, Bloody Mary, or cranberry juice cocktail with house vodka or gin as well as our very popular Turkish tea.”

From a press release:

“The newly opened Ankara restaurant, a celebration of good food, hospitality and the heart of Turkey, will launch their new brunch on Saturday, June 13. Brunch will be a delicious celebration of the famous and beloved Turkish breakfast (kahvalti), traditionally one of the most important elements of Turkish cuisine. It will be served from 11 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Brunch is available for $37 per person, plus tax and tip. It includes tea, a traditional Turkish breakfast accompaniment, and a choice of Mimosa, Bloody Mary or cranberry juice cocktail with house vodka or gin.

As experienced in breakfast salons and restaurants throughout Turkey, guests will start off with Van Kahvaltisi – a broad selection of small plates of savory and sweet items including bal (honey), peynir (cheeses), zeytin (olives), recel (fresh fruit jams), tomatoes, peppers and more to be shared with the table. Additionally, they can select items from a range of egg, salad and pide dishes as well as dessert.


Sweet and savory items to share

Chef’s selection of Turkish Cheeses
Marinated Olives
Extra virgin Olive Oil, herbs
Strained Yogurt with Za’atar
Roasted red peppers, feta cheese, thyme, extra Virgin Olive Oil
Chick pea Puree, tahini, garlic, Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Honey, recel/jams and butter

Choose as many items as you like from the selections below
Aegean, spinach, tomato, and feta cheese
Black Sea, Ground beef and onion
Mediterranean, tomato, green paper, parsley and kasar cheese
Sea of Marmara, halloumi cheese and parsley

Menemen, scrambled eggs with tomatoes, peppers and onions
Cilbir, soft eggs with Turkish yogurt, paprika butter, sumac and pita
Scrambled eggs with sucuk (spiced beef sausage)

Imam Bayildi, Eggplant with a onion and tomato stew, fine herb
Crispy Calamari, garlic yogurt with Za’taar
Cerkez Tavu, Chicken, walnut sauce

Coban Salatasi, Shepherds’ Salad: Persian cucumbers, tomatoes, red onions, parsley leaves, mint leaves, green peppers, garlic-lemon vinaigrette
Portakal Salatasi, Seasonal Citrus Salad: red onions, citrus fruit, mint leaves, pomegranates, citrus vinaigrette
Watermelon Salad, Baby tomatoes, pistachios, feta cheese, frisée lettuce

Peynirli Pide, tomato & oregano, halloumi cheese
Ispanakli Pide, Spinach, leeks, caramelized onions, feta cheese
Lahmacun, minced meat, onions, red peppers, onions, parsley
Sucuk pide

Sutlac, Rice Pudding
Kayisi Tatlisi, apricots stuffed with crème and topped with pistachio

12 Comment

  • That’s pretty pricey without bottomless drinks. Anybody been for dinner?

    • The prices are high for dinner as well. Bottom line is a Turkish breakfast should not cost $50 per person. That’s just ridic no matter how good the food is. I mean it can’t be any better than actual Turkish food (ideally it’s the same ingredients, spices and preparation) which is much less expensive in Turkey. It would be a lot more palatable if this place charged $20-25 PP for a brunch (minus drinks).

      • I was in Montreal a couple weeks ago and went to an upscale Turkish place for brunch. Gorgeous, delicious spread on par with the best brunches I’ve had in DC. With a cocktail it was $14.50. In a town where most restaurant dinner entrees are $25-35. Clearly there is something wrong here.

    • Especially when you compare to a place like Bombay Club which has a wonderful brunch buffet with all you can drink champagne or mimosas and a live piano player for around $30.

  • Tom Sistsema’s first look in the Post today was grim. Granted, he’s paid to be a bit ornery, but it was not at all encouraging.

    • Yikes. I love Turkish food, and I love the idea of a big fat Turkish breakfast spread. Based on menu alone, I could seriously get down here. Hope someone else can tell me that Sietsema got it wrong!

  • Haven’t been yet, but my wife and mother-in-law (both Turkish) went. They preferred the food at Cafe Divan. Consensus was that it was just OK, and the service needed some kinks worked out. My MIL was generally not a fan.

  • I went for happy hour shortly after it opened, and thought it was just okay. Food was kind of bland – I got a pide but the ones I’ve had at Rosemary’s Thyme Bistro were much better.

  • A friend and I had dinner there on Saturday night. We’re not planning a second visit. Our waiter was not interested in helping customers enjoy the restaurant. Bread was tough, hummus was dry, entre was supposed to be spicy but was bland. However, vodka tonic while sitting outside was all you could ask for.

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