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“Meat made the meal”
Review of Ala Turka

Ala Turka
Ranked #90 of 635 Restaurants in Cairns
Cuisines: Turkish
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
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Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Reviewed July 23, 2014

Allot of restaurants in Cairns are struggling to stay afloat which is a shame. Ala Turka has found a good mix of low prices, good location and well prepared meat. They take no short cuts with the cuts of meat used in the main dishes. I had lamb cutlets which were perfectly cooked to my liking and not the gristly, fatty lamb cutlets you often get in restaurants. The main dishes were all about $27 and in my books this makes good value for money. However, the side dishes that come with all main meals left little to be desired. They consist of rice (really plain, boring rice) salad (lettuce, carrot and onion) and tzatzik (homemade and yummy) It feels that this is where they have managed to keep prices down, the side dishes and the drinks. The house wine although only $6.50 a glass, comes out of a flask. I think rice is just about the cheapest starch you can make on mass. I mean it rice even a staple of Turkish cuisine? We were asked to keep our used cutlery from our entrée to use with our main and we were not offered water for the table which is pretty much standard in Cairns restaurants. Overall these small imperfections were ok because the price is right. The Cairns Esplanade is a great location for people watching during dinner so we were happy with Ala Turka. We would probably try a few other restaurants before going back but we would not rule it out.

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Reviewed July 19, 2014

Service was very friendly, great location and delicious food. Price was a little high compared to amount of food but still good. would recommend!

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Reviewed July 15, 2014 via mobile

Food was good, atmosphere was well suited for families. Service was friendly, but could have been more attentive. Price was high vs quality, but that is common for tourist locations.

Thank adadamico
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Reviewed July 13, 2014

Had a great meal and service, good location and atmosphere.
Would go back again.
Was also very good value.

Thank pjc195410
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Reviewed July 12, 2014

Went there on a Thursday night. We ordered the soup of the day, a kids fish & chips and the Babaganoush salad to start off. We then shared the vegeterian smoked eggplant. The food was very bland with no salt in the eggplant or the salad. We could not really taste the Babaganoush and the shallots actually cut my palate. The kids "fish and chips" should have been "chips with a tiny bit of fish". The person who took our orders forgot to bring out cutlery. Then we asked for something else which was also forgotten. And we saw other irate customers whose orders were not fulfilled as well. We were told it is really busy. But it wasn't!
It was just not great service. And of course the price was on par with the Cairns Esplanade..all in all a disappointing experience.

Thank Beachman2125
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