Restaurant that's a hit on TripAdvisor is a Turkish haven in the heart of Kent

The chicken kofte was delicious
-Credit: (Image: KentLive)

Kent has proved over the years to be a county that stands out with its variety of delicious eateries. This includes Turkish restaurants which offer dishes packed with rich flavours and unique culinary traditions.

While Tunisian cuisine has my heart, Turkish food is a close second as it transports you in the most delicate way to the streets of Istanbul. I have already reviewed a few places in Kent but my latest discovery may just be my new favourite spot.

Hattusa in Sevenoaks has proved to be a hit by locals and visitors alike on TripAdvisor, with a rating of 4.5 stars out of five. It is also ranked third best restaurant in the town out of 74.

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A couple said they were “blown away by the quality of the food”, adding “I had a cold meze with the best peynirli borek that I've ever eaten and he had a lamb shish. The staff were friendly and the service was quick. We were very impressed, will return!”

Another customer described the place as ‘outstanding’. They said: “The vegetarian meal I had was the tastiest I’ve had in a long time. And that was in a restaurant that actually specialises in meat dishes. The portions were so generous that I struggled to finish the food. The service was great. The restaurant has a lively party atmosphere. We’ll be back!”

I loved the atmosphere
I loved the atmosphere -Credit:KentLive

When I walked into the restaurant, it was slightly busy, but I was immediately greeted by a lovely member of staff. I was directed to go upstairs and was placed at a table near the windows, giving a wide view of the place.

The place had a really nice atmosphere, with that personal touch that you don't get with the chain restaurants. The waitress handed me the menu, and I found the price to be fairly affordable with a two course menu at £12.95 and a three course menu at £13.95.

As an avid falafel lover, it was a quick decision for my starter. The deep fried blend of chickpeas, broad beans, onions, peppers and coriander was served with a smooth and creamy hummus and delicious flatbread.

While falafels typically have this round shape, those I was served had this sausage-like shape. They were simply scrumptious. They were flavorful and felt super fresh. It was perfectly cooked and bursting with flavour. It is definitely a must try for anyone craving a taste of the middle-east.

The falafels and hummus were exquisite
The falafels and hummus were exquisite -Credit:KentLive

For the piece de resistance, I went for the chicken kofte. It is described on the menu as chargrilled seasoned minced chicken blended with peppers and kofte. The mains are all served with salad, rice and bulgur.

The kofte was cooked just right and very juicy. There was a generous portion of meat which left me replete. There was the right dose of spices. I highly recommend it.

The bulgur and rice were also cooked to perfection and the salad was simple but surprisingly good. I always end my meal with something sweet, it just lets my brain know the meal is over.

I order Baklava, which is cubbed layers of pastry topped with syrup and ground nuts. I normally find baklava too sweet, which is why they are meant to be eaten in small servings.

The Baklava was sweet enough
The Baklava was sweet enough -Credit:KentLive

This one was perfectly made. It was sadly not crunchy which was a shame. But apart from that there was the right amount of pistachio and syrup.

Overall I would definitely recommend this restaurant if you’re in Sevenoaks or thinking about exploring this lovely town.

Opening times: From Monday to Saturday: 12pm-10pm and on Sunday from 12pm to 9.30pm.

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