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Food Review @ marmaris Marmaris…Interesting food at reasonable prices


Sharing its name with a beautiful Mediterranean coastal resort, but a lot closer to home, is Northampton’s culinary answer to Turkish delight…‘MARMARIS’.


Since opening five years ago, Marmaris has been serving some of the finest Turkish cuisine in the area to its ever-growing, enthusiastic customer base.


As you approach this restaurant, which has a prime corner plot location situated on St Giles Street and close to the Royal & Derngate Theatre and an array of shops and bars, you immediately feel drawn to the place by the gorgeous aromas escaping from the kitchen’s grill into the street. Don’t be fooled by its relatively small presence though, Marmaris seats 30 on the ground floor where you are also able to see your food being cooked in the open plan kitchen/dining area. At busier times there is also an additional seating area upstairs that can cater for a further 30 diners.


On a recent visit to Marmaris, one weekday lunchtime with Neon


Magazine’s editor Janice Ogle, I remember as we were walking in there was a couple that were just leaving and I overheard one say to the other, ‘Something else I like about that place is that they are always so friendly!’ Indeed they are! Boasting excellent service, this is a very friendly restaurant set in authentic, laid-back Turkish surroundings.


The menu may be simple but it's varied - its one of those rare reads that will have you licking your lips and wanting every dish! There is a selection of Cold and Hot Starters, Main Courses, Chef's Specials and Vegetarian and Fish options too.


Janice and I opted for the Mixed Meze for two - six delicious cold starters that included favourites such as Dolma (stuffed vine leaves), Tarama Salad (fish roe pate), Cacik (cucumber and a hint of garlic in a creamy yoghurt sauce) and Humus (crushed


chick peas with tahini, lemon juice and garlic). For a main course we chose Tavuk Shish (seasoned chicken grilled on skewers served with rice and salad) and from the chef’s specials, Yoghurtlu Shish (grilled shish kebab prepared with yoghurt and tomato). Absolutely delicious and the food is so well presented! I was particularly impressed with the exquisite complimentary side dish of grilled onions drizzled with pomegranate juice and of course the special homemade Turkish recipe bread.


Going from strength to strength Marmaris offers its clientele something different to the usual run-of-the-mill lunchtime and meal offers that are currently swamping our towns and cities. This is interesting food at reasonable prices!


By Mark Roberts neonpublications.co.uk 63


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