|The Sultan Turkish & Middle Eastern Cuisine
|11am - 11pm|
|25-12, Fanghua St., High-tech Zone|
|028 8555 4780|
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Susan Johnson (more chengdu)|
The Sultan has been serving up tastes of the Middle East in Chengdu for eight years. Earlier this year the Sultan closed their previous location and moved a few blocks west onto Fang Hua Jie. The new space is among the more unique restaurant layouts in Chengdu, with several rooms and tables surrounding a central courtyard, and the atmosphere and environment is completely fresh. Each room is decorated with a certain theme, such as Mediterranean or Istanbul. The largest can seat up to 30 people for events and has a large TV and projector. They have been in a soft opening stage for a few months in the new space, serving a set menu, but the new a la carte menu is almost ready at the time of writing. MORE got together with proprietor Maggie Guo and a few industry and media types one recent afternoon to check out the new space and sample dishes.
One standout new dish was the baked hummus with butter. We don’t have a habit of ordering warm hummus but it was smooth, rich, and addictive scooped up with the excellent fresh baked bread. We sampled a chicken that had been marinated and rotisserie grilled, with crispy skin and sided with fries and a few sauces. There was a fresh tomato salad with nuts, dressed with pomegranate sauce from Turkey. We also tried the feta salad, something we remember from the old Sultan, with creamy and mild feta cheese. We enjoyed a dish of eggplant rounds and ground beef seasoned with just enough cumin and cooked on skewers with peppers and onions, served with shredded lettuce and grilled tomatoes. A combination of two kinds of Turkish rice grounded the dish nicely. The menu is completely halal and very vegetarian friendly, so is a good choice for people with specific diets or groups. They still have a dancer on Friday evenings, starting around 7:30, and offer shisha pipes. Cost per person around RMB50-80.