The Sheesh, Bury St. Edmunds
Former chip shop now a Turkish delight
Abdullah Gokteke has opened The Sheesh, in Risbygate Street as he moves on the family enterprise...
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Date Added: February 2017
Lisa F, Bury/London
We visited for the first time yesterday, and I can safely say we will ABSOLUTELY be going again. I've eaten a lot of Turkish food, my mum lives in Northern Cyprus, and this was easily one of the best places I've been. When you walk in, the smell of woodsmoke hits you. Warm, and comforting, and a hint of how good the meal to come will be. It did not disappoint. The service is fast, and so friendly! They greeted me in Turkish, and Greek, which made us all smile. We started with cold meze platter - taramaslata, houmous, cucumber and mint yoghurt, smoked aubergine garlicky dip, tabbouleh and shakshuka. Olives and stuffed vine leaves were tucked in along with crunchy fresh cucumber slices. A basket of char grilled, soft flatbread comes with it, studded with sesame and nigella seeds. Everything was so good, vibrant and zingy, perking up the taste buds properly. It got mum and dad reminiscing about their trips to the Middle East, sitting out on the sands in Lebanon, eating under the stars surrounded by jasmine. Aw. Next, mains. Two of us had a mixed grill: chicken shish so smoky and tender that you barely needed a knife to cut it, lamb pieces that you could actually cut with a spoon, perfectly crisped lamb chop, and such a gorgeous kofte (minced meat with spices, pressed onto a long skewer) that we were speechless for a bit. Rice comes with that on the plate, and they brought a huge bowl of very fresh salad as well. Mom had the vegetable moussaka, which was a very generous serving, lots of veggies, topped with a cheese sauce. Dad had lamb guvec, a very hearty casserole with lots of vegetables and tender lamb cubes. All of us were full, so they packed leftovers for us to take home. We did have dessert; the baklava and kataifi are all pistachio filled, and come warm, with ice cream. A very nice touch! There was nothing I could fault them on. Kind, very friendly service, and excellent food, making us feel like we'd known them for years. (We haven't!) We're already planning when we can get back to Bury to see the inlaws, and go again. Such a find, visit soon!
Date Added: October 2017
Sue Spiller, near Bordeaux
I can thoroughly recommend this restaurant and will definitely visit again the next time I visit Bury St Edmunds. There is a great choice of delicious food, including a good choice for vegetarians. The food was delicious, the service was excellent and the staff could not have been more helpful, friendly and totally professional. We had a most enjoyable evening.
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Telephone 01284 700002
9 Risbygate Street, Bury St Edmunds