It was by design a quiet affair, but on Tuesday, Peterborough’s latest Turkish restaurant opened its doors to the public.
There was no fanfare at the Turkish Kitchen on New Road, with the owners instead wanting to ease the kitchen and front of house team in gently.
A former Indian restaurant, the 120+ seat restaurant (under the TravelLodge hotel) has been tastefully refurbished over the last six months.
It is now a very stylish establishment, with an open kitchen, to offer competition to the excellent Efes on Lincoln Road in New England which opened in the summer.
Despite the very attractive furnishings and decor, Cevdet Mutlu, the man behind the venture - and he has several more Turkish restaurants dotted around - insists the food and service is the main priority.
“The look is important but if the food and the front of house isn’t right, then people probably won’t come back,” he said.
“We want a nice atmosphere and our staff making customers feel comfortable while they enjoy our food. That way they will return and hopefully tell friends and work colleagues. Word of mouth is a great form of advertising.”
There are more than a dozen staff in place with the key roles - in the kitchen and dealing with diners - going to people from Cevdet’s other restaurants that are trained in the “Turkish Kitchen” way of doing things.
Similarly, the menu is made up of dishes that have proved popular in the other Turkish Kitchen restaurant in Hertford and Cevdet’s other restaurants.