Windsor was once a dive, only frequented by alcoholics and drug users although they still wander the streets now and take up camp at town hall screaming at anybody who walks by. Windsor is now the upcoming suburb and throughout the years a lot has changed, it’s become an area lined with bars, restaurants, and yuppie mums in their Porsche Cayenne wearing activewear and drinking an almond milk latte. Through it all one restaurant has remained and still thrives to this day, Marmara has been open and family run since 1980.
In the year I’ve lived near Chapel Street I have seen more restaurants and bars open and close than I can count on one hand. To last 36 years is an accomplishment in itself and deserves a round of applause.
Even though the Marmara was extremely busy, the entrees came out really fast.
To start I had some Dolmades (stuffed vine leaves), the rice inside was flavoured wonderfully with mint and oregano. Cooked to perfection, soft but not mushy, then dressed generously with lemon and olive oil to add a refreshing zesty flavour.
To follow was a Traditional Mince Pide – a thin dough baked and spread with lamb and beef mince mixed with finely diced tomatoes, red capsicum and onion. The meat mixture had no flavour at all, and need a good squeeze of lemon to add some life to it.
For main, I ordered the Mixed Grill which came with lamb and chicken skewers, doner kebab, kofte, lamb cutlet and sucuk served with rice and salad. This is a carnivore’s heaven, so much meat which was lightly brushed with oil then grilled to perfection, leaving it to shine like the star it is.
The only way to properly end a Turkish feast is with a Turkish Coffee. It came out with a small cube of Turkish delight which was needed. The coffee with thick black and stronger than any other coffee I’ve had, I’m still buzzing from it.
I left Marmara still with a massive appetite which is my fault for not ordering enough. If you’re looking for some decent Turkish food that involves plenty of carbs and meat, look no further. To last 38 years and still be thriving Marmara must be doing something right.