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.
We visited this quaint little restaurant for the first time. We` reviewed the menu but there were so many choices. We like to have a representitive sample of the foods offered at a restaurant. We asked the owner to help us withthe selection. He took the time and gave a selection of various foods. The bread and the food items were delicious. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone, and we will certainly be returning in the near future
A tiny takeout, owned by a friendly Turkish family who have relocated to Burnaby from New York, serves 100% Halal food and the best unleavened bread you will ever taste. The space is dominated by a huge, yellow-tiled, wood-burning stone oven, used to bake your lavash, pida or pizza. The bread dough (a family recipe) is never baked until you have ordered. About 7 tables are available for those wishing to eat and be entertained by the dough preparation and bread baking process. Wraps, kabobs, lahmajun, curries, guvesh, salads and pizzas are the bulk of the menu. The lamb is tender, moist and flavourful. Open less than a year, the family wishes to introduce Metro Vancouver to Turkish casual food and flavours, which are similar to, but different than, Greek, Iranian and other middle-eastern cuisines.
Tonight 2 of us shared a small vegetarian Mixed Plate Starter with whole wheat lavash. For mains, we had a Beef Iskender Kabob Plate and a Lamb Tandur Plate, and both came with a scoop each of green salad and red cabbage salad. With 2 cans of pop from the cooler, our bill was about $41.00. Great lamb, beef good but a bit dry. Worth a visit for great bread, good flavours and quick service. Stop by soon to welcome the family to Canada.
Added on Jun 06, 08 by AV
I had a chance to go to ATR for dinner tonight as a part of my friend's research on Middle Eastern food. We did not have high expectations before going in but were pleasently surprised. The food is quality, fresh and made in front of you. We had turkish kebabs and Meat Pide. All the bread is made fresh in front of you. I was surprised when in front of me, the owner, Mr Hakki started making fresh bread in wood oven for even a donair. I am so used to having donair with packaged pita, that it was a refreshing change to have somebody take their food quality so seriously.
The interior is basic and solves the purpose. Food is fresh and quality and the owners are very friendly. Not to mention the traditional Turkish food that would be difficult to find in lower mainland.
Definitely worth trying to it gets 4 thumbs up for me and my friend.
I had a chance to try the Iskender Durum (Turkish Donair) today and was quite impressed with the freshly baked lavash bread. The filling was delicious and drizzled with a tasty yogurt sauce.
The service was very good. The lady behind the counter was incredibly helpful with her suggestions.
Now that I have been spoiled with the fresh bread, I can't go back to regular store bought pita.
My husband and I dined at the Gate tonight for the first time. The chef was very nice, approachable, and the food was quite good. The ambiance is limited to Turkish decorations, but I thought it was simple, straightforward, and a relaxing environment. I'd tell you the name of my food, but I can't remember! It was beef, rice, yogurt sauce, red cabbage. My husband had the chicken with vegetables baked with cheese. That was good. I enjoyed it and we'll definitely go there again.
This restaurant at first glance, seems like a small place, that's good for takeout, but When you actaually go there, you will be pleasantly surprised by the welcoming family, and super food. My husband and I go there regularly, and have never been disappointed with the food and service. I highly recomment the iskender kebab plate with lamb doner ( comes with rice, salad, and the delisious tomato sauce). Like mentioned before the fresh baked pide bread is addictive. Another dish I'd recommend is the Lahmajun - (Turkish pizza) plate, yummmm. also we tried their meat lovers pide, and again was deliscious. We really wanted to try their other dishes, but we're so addicted to these ones, that we have a hard time picking something else. I talked to the family, and they said they will be expanding the restaurant making it a lot bigger. looking forward to seeing that, as I've noticed their clientele has been increasing rapidly, and that space is way to small now. This place should definately not be a book judged by it's cover.