Mediterrenean style Turkish Restaurant. Authentic Turkish Doner Kabob, Lahmajun, cold appetizers, vegetarian dishes, and always baked to order fresh Lavash Bread in Whole wheat or white.
I have to agree with the previous reviewer. I've only had donairs with store-bought pitas. What a surprise when I opened up my foil-wrapped donair (Unfortunately, I wasn't present when they made it) to reveal a perfect Lavash bread!
Their advertised "Wood Burning Stone Oven Original Taste" was truly apparent while I ate this delight. The Lavash bread stayed crispy until the last bite of the huge donair. The sesame seeds added to the flavor.
This definitely will affect my donair experiences from now on. How can I go back to regular pita donairs after having one with Lavash?? The donairs at Anatolia's can only be described as perfect.
I've also had, on another occasion, the Lahmajun which is their specialty bread (Lavash) covered with ground meat mixture. It is very good.
The service from the Mr. owner was okay - nothing special. But Mrs. owner was very polite and appreciative.
Ambiance is clean and the stone oven really adds a rustic touch.
I'd definitely recommend it, especially for their donairs!
I second the other reviewers raves about the freshly baked pita bread. It's worth coming here just for that alone.
Overall, I like this place and I find that the owners are generally warm, they may seem a bit gruff when the place is busy.
My concerns about this place, is that when I went to get a donair on a Saturday, there was no meat roasting on the spits perhaps they were inbetween setting up. I found that odd though as my favorite part of a donair is the charred parts of the meat.
My prior visit to this restaurant I was drawn to all of their dips on display, and tried their appetizer platter. The dips are unique, I don't think they are freshly made each day, but with some dips the aging does improve taste. My favorite dip was the Ajuka a mix of eggplants, red peppers and nuts. For $12 for a platter I was expecting a larger size but it is enough for one person. (You only get one pita bread with it, so order extra on the side.) Their restaurant is fairly unique and a lot of their clientele seem to be people from their own culture which is a good sign.
Back to the donair so I got one and was looking forward to eating it due to the reviews. My first complaint was that the meat wasn't spiced, it tasted like just roast chicken that came from Safeway or something. My second complaint was that there wasn't that much chicken but the donair feels heavy due to all of the sauce they pack into it. But the garlic sauce wasn't evenly spread or it just sunk to the bottom of the donair as it's a bit too liquid, so the donair ended up being dry and undersauced. And I'm used to spilling a little when I eat donairs but when the sauce all started to gush out I just wasn't prepared. There was soo much wasted sauce because they roll the donair so the bottom part is open, instead of wrapping it like a burrito or putting the filling into the pita pocket to trap the sauce.
Was the donair worth it for $7? Absolutely not.
However as we live in Vancouver and are donair deprived I would still rate the donair a 7/10, and if I were in the mood for a donair I would return, just because of the freshly baked pita bread (I have to admit with the fresh warm pita bread this tips the donair to a 9/10). And I will try to rotate the donair or something so that it becomes evenly sauced.
Don't expect a donair that is spiced like shawarma chicken, this place makes it a bit different. After all it's Turkish.
Some of their other dishes look interesting and I may try a Guvech baked lamb dish next time. I have no idea if the mozzerella cheese on top of their main dishes is authentically Turkish or just a way to tie in the Pizza side of their business with the Turkish menu items, according to Google Guvech simply means a baked dish. Anyhow cheese is yummy.
A fine restaurant this is not. It's easily missed even though it's right on Kingsway as it looks like yet another take-out pizza joint. In fact, it might be geared more towards take out since there are only about 4 tiny tables there and no washroom! No problem though, everything still seems clean and new.
The proprietors are quite helpful and friendly though the older guy (the father?) can seem quite gruff. Maybe it's the language barrier, I'm not sure he knows English.
Very surprised by the food! Oh my gosh, you have to try their lavash which is made right there and baked in their (modern) stone oven. Wonderful! Several dishes features their special sauce which really is special, so delicious, like nothing we've tried before. They have dishes which we've heard of, and eaten, at some other Middle Eastern places, but these are a different twist on our previous experience. This one thing which is sort of like a cheese-less pizza thing on lavash was terrific as was the chicken iskender dish.
I would hardly call myself a Turkish food expert (only ate once before ... and it wasn't even in Turkey), but this is by far the best. The food is nicely prepared, I would day say with a small tweak in the look of the dishes and bowls, this would look right in place in some fancy Yaletown location.
Authentic or not, it was good food. Would I go back? Hell, yes! And it's been a long time since I've said that about any restaurant.
It really is all about the lavish bread. Piping hot flatbread , fresh out of the brick oven, looks deelish and taste's even better. The lavish bread is what brought me back to this spot for my second visit this past Sunday. Probably the biggest second visit letdown I've had at a restaurant to date and a big reason why I most likely will never visit here again, although that bread just might persuade me otherwise.
Service was totally abysmal. One very nice guy moving about doing most of the serving. Yes, he was busy you had to constantly flag him down for things, an extra plate, my coke he forgot, the tea that took over thirty minutes to brew and arrive at our table, etc etc etc. In fact he was so busy he brought a dish of salt for the tea instead of sugar. When we told him, hey buddy, I believe this is salt , he took it away and came back with another dish. He said "what we had before was a different kind of sugar". Oye, yes my friend it is called "salt". Hey owner, hire more staff because on a relatively busy Sunday night this guy needs help.
Now to the food. Again, a letdown. Ordered babaganoush to go along with our lavish bread what actually arrived was humus. Being so hungry we let it go. The humus had way too much tahini not nearly enough garlic or lemon. My main of turkish meatballs came in a piping hot dish but was greasy and not nearly worth the price tag. The chicken in the curried chicken was dry.
I also realized on this second visit that I am not a fan of their decor. It's a weird mix of turkish decor meets industrial warehouse. Lighting so bright a surgeon could use it to perform delicate brain surgeries. Huge pipes and fans all around and plain jane tables. I realize this is not suppose to be an intimate dining spot but geez, could you turn down the lights a bit?
After the lavish bread, humus, two mains and another egg type/veggie dish along with a coke and tea with tip the damage was just over fifty bucks. Seems cheap when you look at some of the menu items but my goodness things sure add up fast.
I really thought Anatolia's was going to be one of my favorite dining spots in the area, sadly it is not to be.
I have only had one thing there: the chicken donair. But I had to write about this place. I have had a lot of donairs throughout the Lower Mainland, and I thought some of those places have actually been pretty good. Now that I have tasted Anatolia's lavash bread, I know what donairs are actually supposed to taste like.
I had the whole wheat lavash, which is made in this beautiful wood burning stove and takes a few minutes, but it is so worth it. There's even sesame seeds sprinkled on it, which just adds this extra flavor. It's actually not much more than I'm used to paying for the prepackaged pita donairs at other take outs. It costs about $7 at Anatolia's, and I'm used to paying $6. It's also large and very filling.
They have also put so much thought and care into the interior, with lovely tables and chairs, nice granite tiling throughout the place, and that fire burning in the background. I give the ambiance a 3 because it still fells like a take-out place, but it is definitely above and beyond from the amount of attention they have given to the interior. Now I have to go back and try the other 40 items on the menu.
Anatolia used to be a breath of fresh air in the neighbourhood for being a different type of food. Everything in the area, or what I am used to eating is either Mexican, Indian, Thai or Chinese. Boring. But then there was Anatolia with Turkish food. Sure, it never was the most presentable or prettiest restaurant around, but at least it had good food.
While these things havent changed, Anatolia seems to have gone downhill or plain simply: bad. The lavash bread was seriously the only thing I liked. But I don't go to a restaurant to eat just bread. I had to wait nearly half an hour for my order and when I told the waiter he gave me a nasty look and didn't come back for the rest of the night. He also didn't come back with the bread which my friend was missing. I couldn't finish the Tsatizki and the chicken curry was super bland and cold. If Anatolia wants to keep its customers, they need to educate their staff and regain their food standards.
After reading the reviews on this place for the past couple of years, I was finally able to go the other night. The food was good but not as good as I thought it would be!
I shared the chicken durum wrap with my daughter and my hubby had the beef durum wrap. The lavash bread used to make the wraps, are made fresh with each order so it does take a bit longer. The chicken wrap was delicious but nothing special about it. Because it is a Turkish I thought it would have a different type of taste. The beef I found was a bit dry. But this may be because it was about to close and it was the dribs and drabs. For $7.25 each, the value was not very good. Very pricey for what you got. I would go back to order the lavash bread to go. It is so neat to watch it bake in the oven and puff up!!
Service was really good. They were nice . . . not overly friendly.
The place was clean, and it did have, I assume Turkish trinkets hanging on the walls, on shelves but very plain looking place.
I don't think I will go back, as I did find the items pricey. I'm glad that I did try it though.
A long drive from Kitsilano but worth every jammed intersection and red light.
I'd heard this place was excellent and now I know why people rave about Turkish food done right-there's nothing like it.
Ordered a small Mixed Salads plate:Olives, Stuffed Grape Leaves, Carrot Salad, Babghanouj, Eggplant Salad, Barbunya, Humus, Chemen and another reddish salad I can't remember the name of, it came with Lavash fresh from the oven-I mean smoking hot!.
Then I had the Cheese Lover's Pide another oven made bread stuffed with a cheese mixture it too was deicious.
I could go on and on about this place and it's food-suffice it to say people in Burnaby are very lucky indeed to have such a unique well run restaurant to dine in.
The food here is fantastic. If you go, make sure you order the mixed plate. It's a sample of all the cold appetizer items on the menu (Humus, Baba Ganoush, Roasted Red Pepper Spread, Carrots and White Sauce) and a large portion of freshly baked bread. The meat dishes are generally solid and and pizza is OK. The service is very good and the ambiance is better than most.
surprizing place- from just passing on the street I would have never tried this place.
but reading here the recommendations- I had to try
and it was true- the Pita with the yogurt-garlic dip were delicious- we can finish with that, tried the Lahnajun- was very good
the iskender kebab beef or chicken was good too.
the only bit dissapointing plate was something called "the sultan.." with beef and eggplants..
but- definitely a place to return to.
I have been to Turkey before so I like their restaurant style food. I am saying restaurant style because they cook different at home but eat different foods at restaurants. It is a split eating culture.
I coincidentally found this place when driving on Kingsway. Although my favourite dish is not on their menu, they were OK to make it for me. I tried their customized meat lovers pide and I loved it. Also, I saw other customers were having fancy looking breads and they made it to order right there. I have to try it next time.
The ambiance is average, the place is clean and tidy. They cook right in front of you.
You better watch them making the bread there. It is fun but do not try at home because it is really difficult.
I've always enjoyed Middle-eastern/mediterranean food, but it is hard to find a proper restaurant of this kind (there are lots of eateries, but not really a restaurant setting). Anyway, just happened to drive by it and thought I'd give it a try. Apparently, they've just expanded the size of the restaurant and their menu - there is is a whole lot to choose from. I noticed in the front that they have an actual fire roasted oven, so that was a good sign for good food.
I ordered a type of beef kabob - I forget the name, but it was a type of ground veal. That may not sound exciting, but it was wonderfully seasoned and really was the best i've ever had of this type. It came with they typical mediterranean sides of lettuce, cabbage, roasted tomato, flat bread, rice and a yogurt (Tsazki like). Again, may not sound extraordinary, but all were very tasty.
My wife ordered more of a uniquely Turkish item which was the chicken Guvech. It is hard to describe, but is a lot of mediteranean vegetables, chicken, tomato sauce, seasonings in a roasting dish with cheese melted on top. She loved it and found it extremely tasty and well seasoned - and had enough for a full portion leftover. It was also served with a massave flat bread, which is hard to describe, but came right out of their oven. It also came with the yogurt sauce. We ordered their hummus which was perfect and great to have with all bread we had.
As for the other details, food is absolutely #1 for me, but the service and ambience were great and the value was terrific as it was less than $15 per person.
I'd have no reservations in recommending this place. The food is very unique but also accessible for anyone as the ingredients are universal and wonderfully prepared.
I don't really know if what they serve is traditional, but it seems like it, since there's a real wood burning oven that's used to bake their heavenly breads.
I love the durums! They are pitas that are fresh baked, warm and crispy wrapped around veggies, chicken/beef/lamb, yogurt sauce and depending on who makes it, sometimes red cabbage. So GOOD!!
I also loved the chicken curry. It's different, maybe because the rice is tastier than the usual, and the curry sauce is pretty unique. The chicken, I think, is the same that they use for pitas. It's usually sliced and mixed into the curry. The yogurt sauce with the curry is pretty fabulous.
I like the deal here...3 durums 3 pops for $20.00...definitely filling and way healthier than fast food. Wait time approx 15 for wraps. The young fellow there is pretty friendly and helpful.
AGR is a welcome addition to the dearth of turkish restaurants.
The family just arrived from New York where they still operate a successful restaurant.
It is a small restaurant and take-out place but the interior is visually pleasing. There are turkish ornaments and distinctive tiles and open fire oven.
I had the iskandar kebab. It was a lot of food. The lamb was satueed in tomato and yogurt with a side of rice and red cabbage. Also served was a large thin bread with dipping sauce. The lamb was not as moist as I would like. Nevertheless I could not finish the meal. Along with bakala and turkish tea, the meal was less than $17.
The server was very friendly and helpful in guiding me about Turkish cuisine. Stop by. I don't think you will disappointed.
We went here a few times now. First try was by chance because a place next door we wanted to go to was closed, so we gave this one a try.
The menu is quite extensive, but most of the dishes have the same sides.
Most dishes come with freshly baked lawash bread which is really good and worth ordering some on the side, if your dish doesn't include it.
The place is not fancy. Has kind of a take-out pizza joint look.
But it does lend it some authenticity. When I visited Turkey many years back, most reataurants looked like this one. Open storefront look with glass display fridges where they display there wares. A seating area off to the side or in the back. The seating area here is nicely kept and the whole place is extreemely tidy. Service was prompt and genuinely friendly.
Our dishes: Veggie Curry (very spicy), Lamb Shish, Beef Shish were nicely prepared and very tasty.
The dishes are quite simple, Some nicely seasoned meat, savoury sauce, rice and a few simple salads to go with it. Some prices are perhaps a little bit high consodering the simplicity of the dishes. But all was very well prepared and the uniqueness of the flavours are well worth going there once in a while.
I recomend this place and will be back.
Ok, this is by far my favorite "Middle Eastern" restaurant.
I have yet to have anything from there that did not blow my mind.
This is a small, mostly take-out style joint with a huge stone oven. You can eat in but the place is pretty small. The food is always fresh and devine. I strongly recommend you try a bunch of items on the menu.
We even showed up here without reservations at lunch with at least 10 people and they managed to feed us all on our lunch hour. (yes we know, it was last minute and we definately should have done the polite thing and called ahead).
It's a tiny bit pricey for lunch, but as far as I can tell...it is totally worth it!
We finally had the chance to go to Anatolia's Gate. I can say we will be there many more times.
The food was outstanding. We shared the a small mixed plate, there was not a salad there I did not love.
We wanted to try so many things, but decided to try the Chicken and a Lamb Durum. They were both great, so filling.
The flavour was so good and fresh, the lavish bread was so good. It was so neat to wach him back the bread in the wood oven right in front of you.
The service was good and polite, the ambiance was simple but the food made up for that.
I look forward to go back many more times.
I love the food at Anatolia's Gate. If you like Middle Eastern type food this is the place for you. I love their lavash and salad! Staff was friendly and the place was clean! The food was also reasonably priced and they extended their restaurant, so there is more seatings available. Overall, Anatolia was a good expeience, I would definately go there again.
I had a lunch at Anatolia's Gate this afternoon. After reading all the reviews I was quiet excited about it. Being a cook and from Turkey, I have a fair knowledge of Turkish dining.
This is kind of like a student restaurant that you would go for a quick and cheap bite in Turkey. You dont expect much and you dont get much. So they don't specialize on any regional cuisine, it is kind of like ''all favorites in one menu'' place. Nothing wrong with that.
Service was very friendly and nice.
Their bread was exceptional. Nice, chewy, hearty, wood oven baked bread. I would come back for that. I bet their pizzas must be decent too (the prices are, $10 for a large cheese pizza). You have that crust and wood burning oven, that should be a winner.
As far as the Turkish fare goes, the food is extremely mediocre. The tapas weren't fresh looking. I had the donair which was bland, chewy and cold. Their yoghurt dip was nice and garlicky, the tomato sauce on the kebap plate tasted burnt. I loved the red cabbage pickle though, just like back home.
As long as you ordered the right things like; pizza, pides or the bread on its own, it should be a pleasant experience. The rest is what it is. At least it is different and sort of authentic.
My husband and I went to Anatolia's Gate for my our friend's 10th anniversary.
Food: We ordered the pita bread and carrot salad. The pita bread was crisp and really tasty. The carrot salad was a little overcooked but it was still very yummy. We also ordered a kebab and a combo (I forgot the names). The kebab's chicken was exactly the right taste, and the combo was the best.
Service: The waiters were really nice. They seated us within 3 minutes and the food came really quickly.
Ambiance: Not really great, but still nice. The restaurant was a little small, but tasty and if you want to eat at this restaurant you should order take out.
Am I coming back? Definitely. Now my husband and I make sure that we go to this restaurant at least once a week.