Finally, I made it to Discovery Bay North to try out Nevale Kitchen, a new Turkish restaurant. It is spacious, with indoor and outdoor seating area and also a big deli area, where you can purchase items to take home.
We sat inside, during a busy lunch hour – it seems that during the weekend this place gets rather busy. A good sign, meaning that it is popular! But it also meant that the waitress was a little stressed and they got our orders wrong. They even delivered us items that replaced some that they ran out of, but they didn’t tell us that until they placed the plate in front of us. Needless to say that we were not that pleased, but good for Nevale: the owner came to us, apologised and swapped the dishes.
Anyway, I’m jumping ahead! The menu changes regularly, but there are always a few cold and warm meze dishes available – you can check them out at the glass counter, to see what is fresh today.
Then there are freshly made pide and borek, amazing pastries filled with a combination of meats and vegetables (there are also vegetarian options).
Pasta dishes, but not classic Italian ones – Turkish ones! Turkish Meatballs Spaghetti and Turkish Sucuk Spaghetti are on the menu. So are a mix of main dishes including classics such as Kofte, Shish Kebab, Mixed frill, roast chicken, and also some vegetable dishes such as stuffed zucchini and okra are featured.
We decided to try different meze – grilled haloumi cheese, olives, pickled beetroots and a carrot dish (99HKD). Overall quite enjoyable, although the cheese portion was tiny (only two small slices) and the beetroots missed some vital ingredient to make them less bland.
We shared a lamb shish kebab (93HKD) with a huge portion of rice – and some small side dishes of pickles and tzaziki. The meat was nicely seasoned and so was the rice, but I would have loved a bigger portion of meat.
It was a nice attempt – the food was fresh and tasty, but knowing how good Turkish food tastes back home in Germany, I felt let down. Maybe my expectations were too high, or it was too busy on that Saturday we went (and hence the service was hit and miss) but I didn’t enjoy lunch that much.
Would I eat there again? No. I prefer the small Turkish restaurant over in Mui Wo, it might be a bit more pricey, but the food tastes great, portions are decent and the service is better.