Koy - Cheese & sucuk sausage croquettes w smoked paprika mayo ($12.50)

Koy Restaurant, South Melbourne

One of my favourite of South Melbourne Market’s eateries has always been Koy. Whether I’m in for a sit-down meal, or just want something on the go, Koy has it covered. They have range of menus that include a mid-week express menu, breakfast on weekends, and of course, their gozleme from the stand outside. If you’re keen on trying some new dishes, Koy also hosts a 7-course banquet night on the last Wednesday of each month for only $35 pp.

Koy - Smoked hummus w baked pine nuts & dates, Patlican - Smoked eggplant w capsicum, onion & parsley ($9 ea)
Smoked hummus w baked pine nuts & dates, Patlican - Smoked eggplant w capsicum, onion & parsley ($9 ea)
Koy - Chorizo bruschetta
Chorizo bruschetta

We love the hint of sweetness from capsicum in the super crispy Chorizo Bruschetta, and the flavours of the Patlican dip with smoked eggplant, capsicum, onion and parsley. Both are perfect starters that get our appetites going.

Koy - Mediterranean chargrilled octopus w balsamic cream & cherry tomatoes ($21)
Mediterranean chargrilled octopus w balsamic cream & cherry tomatoes ($21)
Koy - Kuzu Sis - Chargrilled lamb shoulder pieces w capsicum puree ($15)
Kuzu Sis - Chargrilled lamb shoulder pieces w capsicum puree ($15)

Koy’s beautifully cooked Mediterranean Chargrilled Octopus comes with preserved lemon, balsamic cream and juicy cherry tomatoes. A vibrant capsicum puree brings extra pizazz to the tender, chunky pieces of chargrilled lamb shoulder of the Kuzu Sis.

Koy - Dolma - Capsicum stuffed with aromatic rice, baked and served with yoghurt topping ($12)
Dolma - Capsicum stuffed with aromatic rice, baked and served with yoghurt topping ($12)
Koy - Cheese & sucuk sausage croquettes w smoked paprika mayo ($12.50)
Koy - Cheese & sucuk sausage croquettes w smoked paprika mayo ($12.50)
Cheese & sucuk sausage croquettes w smoked paprika mayo ($12.50)

I tend to gravitate towards dishes involving warm rice stuffing, so I have to try the Dolma. Capsicums – the vegetable for today – are stuffed with rice before being baked and served with yoghurt topping. Yum. Don’t skip over the Cheese and Sucuk Sausage Croquettes. These crispy and cheesy morsels are ridiculously good.

Koy - Manti - Traditional handmade Turkish ravioli filled w minced meat, topped w garlic yoghurt & red sauce ($20)
Koy - Manti - Traditional handmade Turkish ravioli filled w minced meat, topped w garlic yoghurt & red sauce ($20)
Manti - Traditional handmade Turkish ravioli filled w minced meat, topped w garlic yoghurt & red sauce ($20)

Their bite-sized Manti are filled with minced meat. The garlic yoghurt and red sauce is a tad too tangy for me, but it may appeal to people who’d like a greater presence of carbs with their meal.

Koy - House made chocolate baklava w pismaniye & ice cream ($11)
House made chocolate baklava w pismaniye & ice cream ($11)

Koy’s original-flavoured baklava is great, but they now have an equally delicious chocolate version too. The accompanying ice cream acts as the perfect foil for the chocolatey richness.

Turkish food isn’t just about kebabs. For a true taste of Turkish, you can’t go wrong with Koy.

Disclaimer: I was invited to Koy as a guest, however, opinions expressed here are purely my own, and are based on my experience at the time

Köy Restaurant
South Melbourne Market
116 Cecil Street,
South Melbourne, VIC, 3205
(03) 8657 8553
http://koyrestaurant.com.au/
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