The story of the ‘1920 Sultanahmet Koftecisi Selim Usta’ dates back to 1920. The same family has been running the business for four generations, delivering the same specific meatball taste for its fans. I always find this story interesting that all members of the family, for years, have continued the traditional method of meatball making without any change to their recipe. The picture is the same for overseas branches; a traditional recipe that can’t ever be changed.
Apparently, that traditional taste has succeeded and found international fans all over the world and the brand recently opened an official branch in the heart of Manchester, Curry Mile as well. The day we visited Sultanahmet Grill, Manchester branch, was a cold Saturday evening so I was looking for a laid-back meal to enjoy all of the Turkish treats.
After a lovely chitchat –of course about the sea and sun that we have missed- we started with a mixed mezze plate because mezze always comes first in Turkish cuisine and there are fantastic recipes that can melt your heart, like stuffed vine leaves and Turkish sausage.
Sweeping that mixed mezze plate off, a generous mixed grill is served for my friend.
Me, I was definitely there for those legendary meatballs that I was dreaming of since I moved to Manchester. The authenticity of this brand has been alive for almost a century now. The simple secret lies behind the quality beef with a little of chopped onion, bread and salt. Any kind of spice is forbidden! Even though the Turkish cuisine is well known for a large range of spices, these meatballs contains no spice thereby people can taste the meat for real as a whole experience.
If you want to know how my evening ended at this welcoming Turkish restaurant, I will just leave a last photo-message for you. This sponge pastry rolls in syrup is another sweet treat for those who are curious about local tastes of different ethnic cultures. In addition, a complementary Turkish tea is always on the house!
Written by: Simge Vurtok