Written By Guest Writer First Look / Places / Victoria Nov 21, 2013 Café Mela SHARE VIA: Facebook Twitter Pinterest Photos by Elizabeth NylandCafé Mela | 784 Humboldt St. near Blanshard, Victoria | 250-383-0288 | No WebsiteThis little café has changed hands again. Some of you may have enjoyed the sensational Turkish food at Nar Restaurant* in Oak Bay. Ozge, the daughter of Nar’s owners, is bringing a few Turkish favourites to Café Mela while retaining the previous owners’ focus on quality sandwiches. I probably don’t even need to mention that Turkish coffee is now on the menu at Mela. Soups change daily, but I wish you the good karma to arrive on Turkish Red Lentil day. This rich soup has a unique flavour thanks to Turkish pepper paste, which can be bought at Seven Valleys Market. It is garnished with sumac (yes, from the tree) and toasted mint. Delicious. The Tuzlu Kek, which means “savoury cake” and is labelled in the shop as “cheese and dill loaf,” is a great accompaniment to soup. This moist and airy bread is flavoured with both feta and bocconcini, as well as fresh dill and parsley. Other classic Turkish offerings are the bureks—buttery, croissant-like pastries filled with delicious combinations such as leek and beef or spinach and feta. Classic sandwiches are also available: the turkey provolone wrap was jazzed up with just the right amount of cranberry mayonnaise. And sometimes the two worlds merge. The roasted vegetable sandwich is certainly something you see on other menus, but not with Turkish walnut paste as one of the layers. To bring a little bit of Turkey with you, pick up some treats from a basket on your way out: roasted hazelnuts, a fig and walnut mix or a high quality Turkish delight. Sandwiches are $5.75 to $6.75, and bureks are $3.95, making for a lunch both affordable and interesting.*Nar’s menu and hours are the same. It is under new ownership, and the former owner carefully taught the new people the recipes, so customers can expect the same great food.– BY ELIZABETH MONKCafefirst lookFolksLebaneseRestaurantsTurkish foodVictoria SHARE VIA: Facebook Twitter Pinterest Written By: Guest Writer We get many people writing guest articles for us, as well as past contributors. This is the Guest ... Read More You may also like First Look / Food News / Places / Restaurants November 30, 2020 Café Jumbo – First Look It’s a cold and rainy evening in early November. Covid cases are on the rise everywhere, and the world is anxiously awaiting the final US election ... Read More First Look / Restaurants / Victoria July 31, 2020 The Palms Launching a restaurant in the middle of a pandemic may seem counterintuitive, but don’t tell that to Rob Ekstrom and Darren Cole – the two ... Read More Beer / Beer & Cider / Drink / First Look / Places / Press Release / Wineries & Breweries July 25, 2019 There’s a New Buoy in Town Whistle Buoy Brewing Company, a locally owned craft brewery and taproom, is now open in Historic Market Square, Victoria. Whistle Buoy Brewing ... Read More First Look / Regions / Restaurants March 1, 2019 The Buzz, Cowichan and Up-Island Eating together and enjoying the good life with good people is the epitome of ‘Hygge’, the Danish word pronounced ‘Huega’. ... Read More First Look / Restaurants / Victoria January 3, 2018 Pierogi Power at Sült Pierogi Bar “Sült” has etymological roots across Europe. In Gaelic, it refers to pork fat or a dish made of it. In Hungarian, it translates to “fried” ... Read More First Look December 8, 2017 Stoked Wood Fired Pizzeria Stoked Wood Fired Pizzeria, 2908 Tieulie Place, Shirley, BC, 778-528-3473, stokedwoodfiredpizzeria.com For surfers, still chilled to the ... Read More Comments are closed.