[Update: Unfortunately, this restaurant closed sometime in the fall of 2014. We will miss it a lot!]
Several weekends ago, our friends invited us to go to a Pakistani Restaurant in Ankara called Masala Cafe. It’s nice to escape our neighborhood on the weekends, and we were excited to try something new.
The restaurant was a short taxi ride away in the GOP district of Ankara. Masala had outdoor seating, but we sat indoors. The menu came in a newsletter format with text in English and Turkish.
We were really hungry and destroyed the appetizer before I got a picture. We ordered the Keema Samosa, a puffed pastry filled with mince, coriander, and special seasoning. The sauce that came with it was amazingly delicious. It had ginger, but I don’t know enough about Pakistani seasoning to figure out the rest. I wish I could have taken home a huge bottle of that sauce. Yum.
With the meal came complimentary chips and a chickpea salad. We also got a Turkish-style salad and rice with our entree:
I ordered Ginger Chicken (not spicy) and David ordered Curry Chicken (spicy). This food was so good!!! It was my first ever taste of Pakistani food. I loved the spices on the Ginger Chicken – sweet with just a little bit of a kick!
The restaurant had super comfy seating and a pleasant atmosphere. The waiters spoke English, which was helpful. (Very few Turks know English!) We later found out the owners of the restaurant lived in Canada for several years.
The restaurant was colorful with plenty of artwork:
We finished off our meal with the most delightful tea. It was a little bit sweet and spiced oh, so nicely. The waiter told us the tea helps calm your stomach (for those that got spicy dishes).
If you’re ever in Ankara, we definitely recommend Masala! They have great service, very reasonable prices, and fantastic food.