Anatolia Turkish Restaurant
48 White Bridge Road
Nashville, TN 37205
Located in Lions Head Village in the prestigious Belle Meade neighborhood of Nashville, Anatolia Turkish Restaurant has been serving top-level Turkish cuisine for the past ten years. I recently had lunch there, and I’m already looking forward to going back.
What makes Anatolia different from most other Middle-Eastern, gyro-type restaurants? For one, it’s a full-service restaurant. It is tastefully decorated with art and tapestries, as well as several wine racks displaying bottles of wine. They appear to have a fairly extensive wine list, although I could not partake on my lunch visit. If you prefer, Anatolia has a full bar serving cocktails and beer, as well.
The menu at Anatolia is also quite robust. From soups to salads to appetizers and entrees, Anatolia has several selections from which to choose. Of particular interest to me were the Barbunya (pinto bean soup) and the salmon and rainbow trout. For a look at the menus, click here.
On this visit, I had the Anatolia Roasted Chicken, which is marinated chicken cubes, roasted with onions, bell peppers, and tomatoes and served with rice pilaf. It also comes with the ubiquitous cucumber sauce, but honestly, I prefer ranch dressing. The flavors were subtle, but satisfying. And the best part was the peppers did not give me indigestion, which is typically the case when I’ve had them elsewhere.
Regrettably, there was no time for baklava or Turkish coffee. That will have to wait until my next visit, which I hope is soon.