6:30 p.m., March 1)
New owner sticks to successful formula at Little Turkish Village
By Fred Sherwin
The Orléans Star
Little Turkish Village Dining Lounge on St. Joseph Boulevard
is one of Orléans original fine dining establishments.
Kurichh is the new owner of the Turkish Village
Dining Lounge on St. Joseph Blvd. which hads
been serving classical Turkish dishes since
1990. Fred Sherwin/Photo
in August 1990, the restaurant quickly became a local
institution under the guidance of its original owner and
chef Willie Chan.
must admit that its been at least eight years since
I last ate at Little Turkish Village. So when I heard
that Willie had sold the place after 27 years, I thought
what a golden opportunity to reconnect with the eating
taking over the restaurant, new owner Sunil Kurichh has
stuck to the motto, If its not broke, dont
menu, which features such traditional Turkish dishes as
Classic Eggplant Karniyarik, Lamb Pirzola and the best
kebabs anywhere, remains virtually unchanged.
dining room, which has undergone a minor makeover to make
it less cluttered and more inviting, has a definite Mediterranean
feel to it.
connection with the restaurant goes back to when it first
opened. His uncle owned the Indian Bazaar Grocery which
was located next door to the restaurant and Chan was a
frequent shopper there.
used to work for my uncle and I got to know Willie over
the years, says Kurichh, who eventually went into
the catering business.
he heard that Willie was thinking about retiring, Sunil
jumped at the opportunity to take over an established
restaurant with a loyal clientel.
is my passion and my dream was to one day own my own restaurant,
so when this opportunity came up I had to do it,
says Kurichh who made a promise to Chan to keep the old
staff and stay true to the menu, which he has done with
my visit to the Little Turkish Village Dining Lounge,
I started off with the Traditional Turkish Salad which
is an assortment of lettuce, tomato, onion, green pepper
and cucumber topped with feta cheese, Patlican salad,
humus, Ankara potato salad, mixed beans, and marinated
cucumbers with the restaurants extremely tasty house
dressing. The large portion size is perfect for two people.
Kurichh family are the proud new owners of
the Little Turkish Village Dining Lounge on
St. Joseph Blvd. Fred Sherwin/Photo
the main course my dining companion and I feasted on beef,
chicken and lamb kebabs; the Yogourtlu Chep Kebab which
if made up of marinated lamb chunks served on fresh pita
bread and topped with homemade tomato yogurt sauce sprinkled
with mint, parsley and olive oil; and the lamb shank which
is only available on Fridays and Saturdays.
was served piping hot and was absolutely delicious, but
the hero of the meal was the Turkish-style humus which
is made from a secret recipe.
am a humus nut. I absolutely love humus and consume at
least two large containers of the stuff a week. Until
now, Ive always enjoyed the Lebanese variety of
the popular condiment, but with all due apologies to my
Lebanese friends out there, I can honestly say that the
humus at the Little Turkish Village is hands down, the
best Ive ever had.
I can make another recommendation it would be to save
room for dessert, Besides a nice selection of treats offered
up on the dessert tray, Sunils daughter makes a
cheesecake thats to die for.
familiar with the Little Turkish Village will be to happy
to know that the prices remain relatively unchanged under
the owner. The average price for an appetizer is about
$7 and the main courses range from $14.95 to $19.95.
also have daily dinner specials and set menus for two
and four people. To learn more about the Little Turkish
Village Dining Lounge, or to get a sneak peak of their
menu, visit www.turkishvillage.ca.
story was made possible thanks to their generous support
of our local business partners.)
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