Turkish Cuisine by the River at Antalya Garden in Guangzhou

By Tristin Zhang, August 27, 2018

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Oldie but Goodie is a monthly column where we feature noteworthy restaurants, cafes or bars that have been open at least six months and are worth a try.

Named after the scenic, coastal city in Turkey, Antalya Garden specializes in a delectable range of Turkish fare. Located in Lieren Fang – a restaurant and bar locale opposite to Conrad Guangzhou, the two-floor eatery (second floor opening soon) is the reincarnation of the now-defunct Antalya Restaurant on Xingsheng Lu. 

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As the name suggests, Antalya’s new location is blessed with a verdant garden, or rather, a patio with artificial grass. Nonetheless, it’s a lovely spot for toking on the ol’ water pipe and snacking on delightful Turkish edibles. 

On the rich, enticing menu is, first and foremost, kebab dishes with prices ranging from RMB75 for a chicken kebab to RMB550 for a mixed special kebab, which can feed up to four adults. For couples, we recommend sampling the Antalya mixed grill (RMB110): three different kebabs, a chicken wing, lamb chop, peppers, rice and hummus. Pair it with a glass of appetizingly-salty ayran and you’re good to go. 

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Also worth sampling is Antalya’s collection of Middle Eastern and Mediterranean salads, among which the fatush salad (RMB35), toasted pieces of Arabic flat bread combined with mixed greens, will serve your stomach well. Cap your feast off with the tradition Arabic dessert kunafa (RMB40).

With a range of fruity flavors (apple, pineapple, watermelon and the like), the shishas that grace Antalya’s hookahs are made onsite and are arguably the restaurant’s crowning attraction. The amiable Egyptian man that makes the shisha will also tend to you during your smoke session, replacing burnt out coals when necessary.

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