Izgara Grills Up A New Home In The Sydney CBD

Eat, Restaurants, Sydney / 14 March 2024
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Izgara Grills Up A New Home In The Sydney CBD

Eat, Restaurants, Sydney / 14 March 2024

Izgara’s exciting relocation brings a vibrant new chapter for Turkish food in the CBD.

Fans of Izgara, the Turkish restaurant that won hearts in Potts Point, have reason to celebrate. The restaurant has relocated to a new home in Sydney’s bustling CBD, offering a refreshed menu and a welcoming atmosphere.

Gone are the days of needing to venture east for a taste of authentic Turkish cuisine. The new Izgara is all about relaxed, affordable dining, perfect for a break from the workday or a casual get-together with friends and family.

Izgara mixed plate

Stepping inside the intimate 50-seat venue, you’re immersed in the heart of Istanbul. The open kitchen grill, a central feature, pays homage to the traditional ocakbasi restaurants where dishes are prepared right before your eyes. The name “Izgara” itself, meaning “grill” in Turkish, further emphasises the focus on fire-kissed flavours.

The menu is a delightful exploration of Turkish classics, presented with a modern twist. Executive Chef Efe Topuzlu, co-owner alongside Ozgur Sefkatli, brings his passion for Turkish cuisine to the table. For those seeking a taste of Turkish street food, the menu boasts the legendary Kokoreç, a skewered and grilled meat dish. Saslik Kebab, succulent skewered meat served with creamy eggplant puree and crispy potato, is another must-try. Seafood lovers will delight in the Yamba Prawns, simply seasoned with dill and herb oil, while the Lamb Köfte, accompanied by a refreshing tomato salsa and hung yoghurt, offers a comforting and flavourful option.

No Turkish dining experience is complete without a sweet ending. Izgara caters to all palates with its delectable selection of desserts. The Cheesecake Baklava fuses two iconic flavours, while the Katmer, a crispy pancake filled with pistachio and kaymak (clotted cream), offers a satisfyingly textural treat. And for those who prefer a classic, the creamy Mastic Ice Cream is sure to hit the spot.

Izgara interior

The beverage list boasts over 250 wines from around the world, including a curated selection imported directly from Turkey. For a unique experience, explore the temperature-controlled chilled reds or indulge in a handcrafted cocktail with an oriental twist. The Apricot Cosmo, featuring apricot-infused vodka and apricot juice, or the Seaside, with its delightful blend of coconut rum, mango puree, and flaked coconut, are just a few tempting options.

If the aroma of chargrilled goodness wafting down Clarence Street piques your interest, or you’re seeking a casual yet authentic escape amidst the CBD’s energy, then Izgara’s new chapter is waiting to be explored.