Though the space is in a strip mall, the dining room is comfy and relaxing. The menu doesn't change a lot, but it's solid.
Anatolia serves high-quality Turkish fare: familiar Mediterranean dishes like kebabs, and more novel items described as "Turkish home cooking," including manti (or "Turkish ravioli," pasta pillows stuffed with beef and slathered in yogurt-butter sauce); guvec (vegetable stew, served with or without meat); and Anatolia roasted lamb, chunks of tender lamb served sizzling on an iron plate with diced tomatoes, green peppers and onions and an amazingly flavorful rice pilaf.
It's nice to have a restaurant in town that's just as good now as it was 10 years ago when Kay West first raved about it in the Scene. The flip side of that reliability is that I sometimes take Anatolia for granted. And frankly, I don't venture out to the Lion's Head shopping strip nearly as often as I used to, before hipper parts of town developed thriving restaurant scenes. (Though the restaurant's proximity to the White Bridge Road Target store is something of a draw.)
Anyway, somehow I failed to notice that Anatolia started serving weekend brunch earlier this year. I haven't tried it yet, but it sounds pretty intriguing.
You can see the brunch menu here [PDF]. All the egg dishes start with fresh organic eggs.
The Mediterranean Breakfast Platter ($12.95) includes an egg cooked the way you choose, plus Turkish cheese, tomatoes, cucumbers, an olive medley, butter and rose petal jam. (Plus bread, of course. Bread's not on the menu, but it comes to every table.)
Menemen is a simple Turkish dish of eggs scrambled with diced tomatoes, onions and peppers ($7.95). Anatolia Eggs is a plate of eggs scrambled with sujuk, or Turkish sausage ($8.95).
There are also some non-Turkish brunch classics, like the Norwegian Benedict: two poached eggs on English muffins with smoked salmon and house-made Hollandaise sauce ($12.95).
Brunch is 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. I definitely hope to try it soon.
Anatolia Turkish Restaurant
48 White Bridge Road, 356-1556