Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Ankara Launches Weekend Brunch on June 13

From our friends at Ankara Restaurant...

Celebrates Famous Turkish Breakfast (Kahvalti)

The newly opened Ankara Restaurant, a celebration of good food, hospitality and the heart of Turkey, will launch their new brunch on Saturday, June 13. Brunch will be a delicious celebration of the famous and beloved Turkish breakfast (kahvalti), traditionally one of the most important elements of Turkish cuisine. It will be served from 11 AM - 3:30 PM on Saturday and Sunday. Brunch is available for $37 per person, plus tax and tip. It includes tea, a traditional Turkish breakfast accompaniment, and a choice of Mimosa, Bloody Mary or cranberry juice cocktail with house vodka or gin. Full menu is here and below.

As experienced in breakfast salons and restaurants throughout Turkey, guests will start off with Van Kahvaltisi - a broad selection of small plates of savory and sweet items including bal (honey), peynir (cheeses), zeytin (olives), recel (fresh fruit jams), tomatoes, peppers and more to be shared with the table. Additionally, they can select items from a range of egg, salad and pide dishes as well as dessert. 


Sweet and savory items to share

Chef’s selection of Turkish Cheeses
Marinated Olives 
Extra virgin Olive Oil, herbs                    
Strained Yogurt with Za’atar                        
Roasted red peppers, feta cheese, thyme, extra Virgin Olive Oil
Chick pea Puree, tahini, garlic, Extra Virgin Olive Oil                          
Honey, recel/jams and butter

Choose as many items as you like from the selections below...

Aegean, spinach, tomato, and feta cheese
Black Sea, Ground beef and onion
Mediterranean, tomato, green paper, parsley and kasar cheese
Sea of Marmara, halloumi cheese and parsley

Menemen, scrambled eggs with tomatoes, peppers and onions
Cilbir, soft eggs with Turkish yogurt, paprika butter, sumac and pita
Scrambled eggs with sucuk (spiced beef sausage)

Imam Bayildi, Eggplant with a onion and tomato stew, fine herb
Crispy Calamari, garlic yogurt with Za'atar                            
Cerkez Tavu, Chicken, walnut sauce

Coban Salatasi, Shepherds’ Salad: Persian cucumbers, tomatoes, red onions, parsley leaves, mint leaves, green peppers, garlic-lemon vinaigrette        
Portakal Salatasi, Seasonal Citrus Salad: red onions, citrus fruit, mint leaves, pomegranates, citrus vinaigrette                        
Watermelon Salad, Baby tomatoes, pistachios, feta cheese, frisée lettuce

Peynirli Pide, tomato & oregano, halloumi cheese                
Ispanakli Pide, Spinach, leeks, caramelized onions, feta cheese
Lahmacun, minced meat, onions, red peppers, onions, parsley    
Sucuk pide

Sutlac, Rice Pudding                                                                        
Kayisi Tatlisi, apricots stuffed with crème and topped with pistachio 

Ankara celebrates good food, hospitality and the heart of Turkey. It is an upscale-casual dining experience that celebrates the rich diversity of Turkish food and culture through a blend of classic and contemporary menu offerings and superb hospitality. Ankara is a labor of love for the Aslanturk family. Father, brothers, wives, cousins and children in both Washington, DC and Ankara, Turkey have come together to create a place that offers superior food, and encourages conversation and celebration amongst friends and family as well as neighbors and business professionals in the Dupont Circle neighborhood. The menu will feature the best of traditional Turkish foods as well as newly envisioned dishes. Ankara will serve lunch on Monday - Saturday from 11 AM - 4 PM; dinner Monday - Sunday from 5 PM - 12 midnight and Brunch Saturday and Sunday from 11 AM - 3:30 PM. Happy Hour is available Monday - Friday from 5-7 PM during patio season. The restaurant seats 120 indoors & 115 alfresco on the patio. Ankara is located at 1320 19th Street, NW, Washington, DC, 20036. Reservations can be made by going to Open Table or by contacting the restaurant directly. For more on Ankara, go to www.ankaradc.net, follow on Facebook and Twitter or call 202-293-6301.