New restaurants in Hong Kong: The Sultan’s Table in SoHo serves up tasty Turkish favourites
From generous mezze to delicious kofte with hummus, the menu at The Sultan’s Table – now located on Old Bailey Street – is suitable for both meat lovers and vegetarians. But be warned, the meals are heavy
My fears that my vegetarian dinner guests wouldn’t have enough to eat were laid to rest when we saw the large portions of hearty dishes – mostly cheese-based – being served at The Sultan’s Table, which recently moved to Old Bailey Street in SoHo.
The meal started with fantastic house-made bread, served warm. It was so crusty and flavourful that we ate much of it on its own. The bread was even better with the cold mezzes (HK$98 each) that we ordered: a deliciously smoky eggplant delice (charcoal roasted eggplant purée with parsley, olive oil and vinegar) and the intense, lightly spicy muhammara (walnuts with chilli pepper, parsley, tomato and lemon). A hot mezze of fried rolls with cheese (HK$128) was disappointing: while the rolls were crisp, the filling didn’t have much flavour.
We should have ordered only one pide (Turkish filled flatbread) because they were very similar. The sucuklu pide (HK$118) differed from the cheese pide (HK$98) only because it had slices of Turkish beef sausage on top of the kasar cheese and egg. The bread was puffy although a little too thick, and the filling was generous. My vegetarian guests also liked the vegetarian musakka (HK$208) which had more of the cheese served on top of vegetables that included eggplant, pepper, zucchini and tomato – although I found it bland.
My non-vegetarian guest and I far preferred the minced kofte with hummus (HK$248). It was a large portion: four patties of grilled mixed beef and lamb. The meat was well seasoned and went well with the chopped salad of tomatoes, cucumber and red onion. The fries served on the platter were also piping hot.
Dessert of dondurmali irmik (semolina flour with milk, walnut, vanilla and cinnamon, HK$98) was a little too heavy after such a large meal, but we liked tasting the four types of baklava (HK$98) served with lokum (also called Turkish delight).
The Sultan’s Table, Hollywood Commercial House, 3-5 Old Bailey Street, SoHo, tel: 2555 7678. About HK$275 per person without drinks or the service charge.
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