I have been going to Antalya restaurant since the early 1990s, when it was a back street place in the gloomy shadow of the old Evening Post building. Even then, though, it was a good value and friendly place to eat healthy chargrilled food, at almost any hour of the day. On more than one occasion in the 90s I rocked up at 4am after a night out and was able to get served!
Today Foreman Street, on which the restaurant stands, has been transformed into a bustling hub with a number of casual dining places, and Antalya is the best offering on the street. It's a bit like leaving Britain and visiting a little bit of Turkey. All the staff seem to be Turkish and, whilst basic, the food appears pretty authentic.
If I have a gripe about Antalya, it is that the owner doesn't seem to promote the place enough, because it could do with being busier. He used to be there a lot himself but now appears to spend a lot of time in London at his other restaurant. In my view, he needs to spend more time in Nottingham developing the business and keeping it busier.
That aside the food is always good quality, with the service friendly and welcoming. We only ever order a main course because, as seems to be the Turkish way, there are lots of complimentary bits and pieces from sliced fresh vegetables before the meal to fresh fruit afterwards - and it's always perfectly ripe and tasty.
If you visit, try the house white wine. It's actually Italian and very nice in a holiday wine sort of way. Also order a mixed kebab, which is a skewer of all the available meats cooked to perfection.
So in summary, Antalya is something of a hidden gem in my opinion and to be honest I would prefer it wasn't. Whilst I don't want the world and his wife descending upon one of my favourite eateries, I think the place deserves to be busier than it is.
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