Quality Turkish cuisine is hard to come by in Hong Kong, with the emphasis in the city being on Cantonese and European cuisines. However, here at Turkey Blue Cafe & Lounge in Mong Kok (on the corner of Nathan Road and Dundas Street, towards Yau Ma Tei station), all the Anatolian classics come together, from delicious mezze platters to after-dinner shisha options. Situated up on the 3rd floor of the Hang Lung Mansion, Turkey Blue is a great place to chill in a space suffused with Mediterranean charm, overlooking bustling Kowloon.
Perhaps the best way to get in on the ground floor with Turkey Blue Cafe & Lounge is to make it up to the third floor of the Hang Lung Mansion down Nathan Road with at least three friends and order the set dinner for four people. Start with a traditional Turkish salad before indulging in a mezze platter of hummus, cacik, patlican ezme and spicy Turkish ezme. Shakshouka and stuffed vine leaves follow, before the mouthwatering grilled dishes start to arrive at your table – Adana kebab, lamb chops, Izmiri-style lamb and chicken shish kebab followed, naturally, by strong and black Turkish coffee represent a highlight among the many restaurants in Hong Kong’s Mong Kok neighbourhood.
Another boon for Mong Kok locals is Turkey Blue Cafe & Lounge’s set lunch menu, featuring Turkish chicken shish and meatball rolls, Izmiri delicacies, sauteed chicken in pita (a special dish from the Turkish capital of Ankara) and even a plate of Mediterranean-style fish and chips. A la carte options include the delicious menemen, a dish of scrambled eggs served with tomato, onion, green pepper and spices served with a piece of pide flatbread. Hong Kong’s sweet-toothed will love Turkey Blue’s selection of traditional Turkish sweets – baklava and, of course Turkish delight – and the sweet mint tea that acts as a perfect digestif.