With a cosy seating space and open kitchen floor plan, newly opened Turkish express restaurant Nisa Sultan is a pleasant surprise for anyone looking for a quaint, intimate spot for lunch or dinner!
Walking in, you are greeted by the friendly staff, along with Nadira Omer Khalid andÂ Safa Evke, the two Turkish owning partners. Nadira tells us Safa is an established hotelier, owning and running Nisa Sultan boutique hotels in Taksim Square, Istanbul.
Nadiraâ€™s lovely mother, Nazila, is also usually found chatting to diners and supervising the chefs as they cook up a storm! The cheerful head chef (called â€œtalat ustaâ€ in Turkish â€“ â€œustaâ€ meaning ustaad) gives us a wave as we settle in. Everyone is warm and welcoming, and Safa â€“ who you quickly learn can be a little loud and scary, but in an entertaining way! â€“ rattles off hisÂ recommendations.
We ordered the Kasarli Pide, a Turkish take on a flatbread pizza. Warm cheese with a mix of fresh parsley, onion, capsicum and other veggies tossed on top for crunch, it was absolutely mouth-watering. The layers of flavor and fresh ingredients made it a winning dish for anyone, not just the vegetarians. However, for those of you who like a stable supply of meat in your dinner, Nisa Sultan has the perfect solution. The massive meat platter is full of juicily marinated, freshly prepared meat, served with delicious bread. But we didnâ€™t stop there, because the Pastirmali Kasarli Pide had grabbed our attention from the start and we couldnâ€™t leave without trying what is known to be one of Nisa Sultanâ€™s star dishes. This rose beef bread tastes like a warm homemade bread infused with cheese, herbs and scrumptious beef, which gets its name because of the color. The delicious cuts of A grade meat are flown in specially from Turkey! Well worth the gluttony, this dish serves up a variety of classic tastes with the feel of old fashion comfort food. The juicyDoner Kebabâ€™s are what we will try nextÂ time.
While we were too stuffed to attempt ordering anything from the desert menu, I hear the sekerpare,brevani and baklava are to die for. However, as a refreshing treat we finished our meal with a glass of Ayran, a Turkish take on lassi. After a wonderful experience and an exceptional meal, we are truly impressed with the quality and authenticity being served up at Nisa Sultan. Hosting a different take on fine cuisine, this new eatery is the kind of place you go when youâ€™re in the mood to fill yourself to the brim with wholesome food and catch up with friends and family.
Where:Â In the Caanchi & Lugari lane, off of MM Alam Road, Lahore
- Dress Code: Casual
- Contact:Â (042) 35785670Â (No reservations)