I have been many times to Anatoli and simply LOVE it! I lived for many years in the Middle East and Turkey was always a favorite holiday destination. Now I am delighted to have a piece of Turkey on my doorstep right here in Cape Town.
When you step through those big doors into the restaurant with its high ceilings which is so beautifully and authentically decorated, one really feel like you are somewhere in a chic restaurant in Istanbul.
We liked the fact that our waiter was actually from Turkey. He was extremely helpful and patiently explained each of the numerous dishes on the huge mezze tray he brought to the table and from which we could pick. There must have been more that 20 starters on there to pick from. As we were 5 people we each picked two and decided to share. Freshly baked flat bread was brought to the table and we had a wonderful feast. We ended up ordering more of those delicious starters, so we did not get to order any mail courses. (I normally would have the lamb stew, or the brinjal bake which are both fantastic).
We ended our meal with strong Turkish coffee and what is arguably the best baklava in town.
For 3 of the group it was their first time to Anatoli. They all LOVED it, and it delighted me that I could bring them here (it is always so awkward if you suggest an eatery and your friends don't like it!).
The combination of amazing atmosphere and food is what makes for a good restaurant. Oh and of course good service. Congratulations to the owner who manages to get it just right!!!What I liked about our waiter was that he was always there when we looked for him. On the background but attentive if you need him. (my pet hate other than inattentive waiters are waiters who are overly all over you!)
We all took a vow to return there soon!