Preston Street is full of hidden gems and ever since we moved to a couple of streets away we’ve been checking out as many as we can. This weekend we decided to try Ephesus as the reviews on Tripadvisor rated it very highly.
We didn’t book a table and turned up at 8.30pm on Saturday night, half expecting to be turned away because it was packed out but they were very accommodating and seated us in a cosy corner. Our drinks order was taken swiftly and our waiter was very friendly and we were left to peruse their very extensive menu! *Apologies for the quality of the photos, the lighting was dim*
Just look at all those starters! Whilst we were deciding what to eat we were brought over some complimentary bread and dips which were amazing. Super soft and warm bread with a spicy dip and a creamy/minty dip. We decided to go for three of their hot starters…
Crispy fried halloumi – £5.50
Unpopular opinion alert – we’re not big fans of halloumi. However, this was delicious! Although 4 pieces of it was a bit too much, even with us sharing it.
Falafel – £4.95
This was our favourite of the three starters, I could have eaten all of this myself. It came with some hummus which was nice too, however the lettuce was a little unnecessary.
Calamari – £5.50
We couldn’t help but order the calamari, we’re a little bit obsessed with it and whenever we see it on a menu we just have to order it. Unfortunately, we were a little bit let down by this and wouldn’t order it again from here. The calamari was rubbery and the batter wasn’t crispy, it was soggy and would fall off when trying to eat it.
It took me a little while to decide what I wanted for a main. We both wanted to order the same meal but I hate doing that in restaurants because I like to try as many plates as possible.
Tavuc Sis (Chicken Shish) – £11.50
I’m glad I decided to go for something different to Josh because this was super tasty. The chicken appeared a bit dry but was actually very tender and juicy, the rice is wheat rice which had a tangy tomato flavour and the accompanying veg complimented the dish well. Miles above any Chicken Shish I’ve had from the takeaway!
Sarma Beyti Kebab – £12.95
This was the chefs specialty and it gave me major food envy. Small wraps of minced lamb with wheat rice, tangy tomato sauce and a garlicky yogurt. I am not ashamed to say that I did steal quite a few bites off Josh’s plate, it was one of the best dishes we’ve had out in a while! I’m going to have to go back just so I can have this all to myself.
This salad came with our meal and usually I’m not a fan of side salads but I just couldn’t stop eating this one! Beetroot, carrot, cucumber, tomato and lettuce in a sweet dressing.
I would definitely recommend checking Ephesus out, we’ve not eaten a lot of Turkish cuisine in the past but their restaurant is lovely and welcoming and they’re nailing what they’re trying to achieve with homey Turkish food.
You can check out their website here or head down to 80-82 Preston Street, Brighton, BN12HG.