Restaurant of the week: Lezzet, VIC

February 16, 2010

This week we go to Turkey for good food, good wine and good company! Welcome to Lezzet in Elwood, VIC.

When turning a house into a home, we collect things – paint, add ornaments, textures and colours that make us feel comfortable, relaxed and cocooned. In a way that’s what Kemal Barut has done at his Lezzet. He has let it grow and mellow over time, with an additional renovation this year resulting in a wonderful space that has all the attributes of a home.

Lezzet has two areas – an expansive glassed sidewalk space over looking the tree lined Brighton Road (look straight ahead at the end of Chapel Street and there it is) and also a main dining area inside that is all about mood lighting, authentic Turkish ornaments and walls draped with beautiful hand woven, heirloom rugs from Ankara.

Cypriot chef Hamza Hamzali is trained in both the Turkish and French style, resulting in a menu that is sophisticated and well suited to an experienced dining public. Authentic Turkish flavours are attained through the wood fired oven, used to produce roasted spice blends before any cooking is done. Then the oven is fired up again for everything from his famous 18 hour Anatolian lamb to the Turkish ‘pizza’ style pastries.

The menu features such dishes as a mezze platter with tiny claypots, 12 spice calamari, Mongolian chicken with dukkah and thyme on cous cous, Ottoman lamb with eggplant, a platter from the grill complete with koftas and sucuk, Turkish breads with anchovies, oregano or marinated olives and the best list of sweets including the most stunning Turkish delight sundae – a multi layered dream with Persian fairy floss.

Why you should go… For the room at night, the sidewalk by day, Kemal’s hosting style and the 18-hour wood-fire lamb!

Lezzet Licensed Restaurant

Open 6 days dinner Tue – Sun

Also Fri, Sat and Sun for Breakfast and Lunch as well

81 Brighton Road Elwood


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