Cappadocia Kingston

OLIVIA COTTRELL checks out the delights of Kington’s Cappadocia


I didn’t really know what to expect from Cappadocia. I’ll admit, I wasn’t familiar with Turkish cuisine outside of my occasional encounters with the ruins of kebabs in the street on a Saturday morning. Going by that previous experience, Cappadocia was a revelation. Located a few minutes from Kingston train station and down the same street as Coin de Paris (that area seems to be Kingston’s restaurant district), Cappadocia is a bright, busy eatery that promises ‘Turkish food as it should be served’. The food is prepared by chefs who, as stated by their website, have experience serving ministers in Istanbul.


This Cappadocia knock off looks mouthwateringly delicious

That’s all well and good, but in practice, what does that actually mean? It turns out that Cappadocia lives up to every one of its lofty promises. For my main course, I had an extremely tasty zencefilli tavuk – chicken and white wine with herbs, cream, and ginger. The balance of flavours was unusual but delicious, complementing the tender chicken pieces well, and the portion was very generous, though there wasn’t quite enough rice to soak up all that tasty sauce. My boyfriend had an adana kebab – minced lamb blended with spices and herbs, chargrilled and served on adana bread. This isn’t to be confused with the doner kebab, which is an entirely different beast. He found the kebab spicy and, again, the serving extremely generous, the plate defeating him (which is, let me tell you, an unusual occurrence). Overall, the food was fantastic and a great introduction to the lesser known aspects of Turkish cuisine. I also got to try some great Turkish delight, which was sweet, chewy, and incredibly moreish.

We went on a busy Friday night and I’d advise against this as Cappadocia was heaving and the crowd was quite loud. Because of this, it our food took some time to arrive – however, this is probably a good sign that the restaurant is so popular. It’s just irritating if you want to have a conversation at anything under shouting volume.

There’s even a takeaway service attached to the side of the main restaurant if you get a craving for kebabs on your way to the station.

I am certainly going to make a return visit to Cappadocia myself (if only to try the intriguingly named ‘Turkish pizza’). If you find yourself curious about Turkish cuisine, or just fancy a good quality exotic meal in Kingston, I would highly recommend it.

Cappadocia, Kingston

Opening times: Mon – Sun 12:00 to 23:00.
Closed Tuesday.

2 Station Buildings,
Fife Road,
Kingston upon Thames,

Meal for two including drinks: £29.95


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