When Turknaz opened on the seafront in Whitley Bay I was eager to try it. Lit up by hundreds of fairy lights at night and peeping in to see the fantastic Turkish style décor was intriguing enough. Taking over the original Aruba, that’s where I stroll into at 4am to get my pizza after spending a night out getting drunk with friends – Turknaz has injected a bit of unique sophistication to the Whitley Bay seafront. I went in the evening over the Christmas period with my Aunt but they have a range of deals that are affordable for anyone on a budget.

I started off with the Falafel which was beautifully cooked and served on a bed of hummus and with a range of salad vegetables. I could have quite happily had the same dish for the main but I thought I should try something new. For mains, I went for the Feta Salad which is originally served as a side but they kindly let me upgrade it to a main by making the portion a little bit bigger. It was served with tomato, onion, pepper, cucumber and parsley and dressed in olive oil and lemon juice. It tasted so good and so fresh! The portion sizes were huge, enough to share between two people but at least you knew that you wouldn’t be going home hungry.

After polishing off the starter and main course, I couldn’t leave without trying one of the desserts that was on the menu. I went for the Warm Chocolate Brownie and it tasted heavenly. The brownie was so rich and really moist and the ice cream went perfect with it.

Looking back, I wish I was a bit more adventurous and tried something completely different but I really enjoyed what I had and would definitely go back again. The only criticism that I would make is about the drinks. A large diet Pepsi was £3.70 whilst a lime and soda was £4.20 which I just think is ridiculously over priced! However they were soon quick to change it when we mentioned how annoyed we were at the drink pricing.

Although it’s been open for the past year now, I think Turknaz is a bit under-rated and definitely worth trying out if you ever find yourself in Whitley Bay. It’s a seaside town which is dominated by Italians and Indian restaurants so it’s nice to have something brand spanking new in the midst of it all. It’s also nice to know that even the fussy eater from a group can find something that they will enjoy.

Have you been to Turknaz yet? Is there anything from the Turkish cuisine that I should try next time?

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