Easter weekend certainly has been busy so far, hence me being a very naughty blogger and not writing many new posts this week, bad Sarah!!
The long bank holiday weekend got off to a fine start on Thursday night with a visit to Marmaris BBQ, a turkish restaurant/takeaway on St Giles Street in Northampton town centre. Mr MAC and I had arranged to meet up with friends for a few drinks that night; my boyfriend stated his idea of a good dinner would be a greasy kebab at the end of the night. He was, at first, a little bit disappointed that I took him to Marmaris for a pre-beer, healthy kebab (without thousand island sauce and a plastic box!) however he soon changed his mind….!
I have walked past Marmaris many a time and have been very intrigued. It looks like a slightly upmarket takeaway with a food counter in one corner and a fair few tables crammed into the small premises. It is nicely and aptly decorated with lots of rugs on the wall, ornate lighting fixtures, bright colours and appropriate looking candle holders on each table; very turkish. The place always seems to be packed so I wanted to discover what all the fuss was about.
As the downstairs was already full at 8pm, not surprising considering the size of the place, we were seated upstairs which was a bit quiet to start with but was virtually full within 20 minutes. Service was very quick. We both decided that we wanted main courses, no starters or deserts on this occasion. I went for the Tavuk Shish – Chicken seasoned and grilled on skewers served with salad whilst my other half went for Mix Shish – Lamb and chicken cubes served with salad.
By this point, Mr MAC was still having a bit of a sulk as he was anxious to get to the pub and thought eating in Marmaris rather than getting takeaway would eat into valuable drinking time; he couldn’t be more wrong as we ordered, ate and paid the bill all in 40 minutes!!
The food really was excellent. The kebabs were tender and not at all greasy. The salad was nice and colourful with a lovely fresh, zingy dressing. The rice was also nice. A very good option for someone who wants to have a fairly healthy, low-fat meal out. We were also given a basket of pitta bread with a bowl of special onions on the house. The onions really were delicious but we weren’t quite able to figure out all the elements of the dish. I think the onions were chargrilled in a red wine and herb vinegar with lemon juice. Anyway, they were delicious and a much appreciated compliment to our meal.
I am incredibly nosey whilst eating out and always try to get a good luck at what others are eating. The couple next to use had a mixed meze to start which looked like a lovely selection of humus and various other turkish style dips such as featured on the extensive menu. For a main course I saw another table have some of the chefs specials which I was very tempted by. These kebabs came in individual casserole dishes topped with a yogurt and tomato sauce, possibly an option for next time!
Marmaris offers a great selection of vegetarian and pescetarian options as well as lots of juicy meat related dishes for us carnivores. Mousaka, falafel and a personal favourite of mine, Dolma (stuffed vine leaves) were all on offer as well as Seabream, Seabass and Salmon.
I was not overly impressed by the drinks selection. There was a list of red wines and white wines on offer however, I only wanted a glass of wine which was described on the menu as ‘Glass Wine £4.00’ – no explanation about the type of grape, size of the glass etc! I was a little concerned that the wine wouldn’t be that nice so instead opted for a diet coke as did my other half as there was no cider on offer and only one type of beer!
Marmaris is in an ideal location for a pre night out meal. I would highly recommend it for a quick speedy and fairly healthy meal however, I would not recommend it for large groups as I think there would be a bit of a problem with space! I have been told that booking can be essential if you are in a group of more than two people. Well worth a visit next time you are in Northampton town centre.
Service: Very quick and no-nonsense style service
Food: Very tasty and an excellent choice for the health conscious
Bill Total: £22.00 + tip
Marks out of Five: 4