In Fatma’s Anatolian Kitchen, customers sip Turkish tea from traditional elegant tea cups as they finish their breakfast. The authentic divans are filled with customers from all age groups; happy families.
Fatma’s Kitchen opened its doors last December with a remarkable gala night. The café is is located inside Rosnay Golf Club on 5 Weymouth Avenue, Auburn and it is open from 10am to 2pm Tuesday and Thursday, 9am to 9pm on Friday and Saturday and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.
Fatma Tas runs this cute bistro. She is also the chef, owner and the manager. Fatma said she was passionate about Turkish cuisine and cooking and she started cooking as a child.
“I was thinking about having something like this for a long time.” she said. She has been cooking since she was a kid!
Fatma first started as the chef at the Rosnay Golf Club. As soon as the club patrons tasted her dishes, her fame spread. The club management saw this as a great opportunity to boost up the clubs profile and offered Fatma to run the café inside the club. Fatma took the opportunity and began working on the café, she had the empty eating space in the club specially designed with Turkish fabrics, authentic furniture and magnificent divan sets to make it look like something out of Ottoman palaces.
“it was just a big empty place, we had to build everything from scratch” she said. “We worked on every small detail. It was hard work but in the end, very rewarding.”
Chef Fatma Tas’ menu is diverse because of the combination of cultures that can be found in Turkey. As Turkey sits between East and West; Europe, Asia and the middle-east, and as a result, the Turkish food naturally includes spicy Middle Eastern dishes and the fresh fruits as well as the vegetables of the Mediterranean.
Although Fatma’s Kitchen is a smaller cafe, they serve a variety of dishes.
“Although we are a small café, we don’t just serve coffee, tea and staple Turkish dishes. We have a rich food menu for breakfast, lunch and dinner” Fatma said.
The food is all prepared from scratch, Fatma said. The ingredients are fresh and her dishes are healthy because of their Mediterranean background.
“The way we cook have not changed … people sometimes change things due to whatever ingredient is cheap in the market and I say, ‘No.’”
She said Fatma’s Kitchen has received positive reviews from customers and club patrons. Auburn is home to many Turkish eateries but she emphasized that her café offers something unique.
“As well as the club regulars, we’ve had quite a few Turkish customers here from different parts of Sydney, and they have been waiting for something like this for a very long time, because although we have Turkish food available in Auburn, the food we cook here is not available in any of those,” she said. “We offer much more variety and try to make sure that it is as authentic as it gets.”
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