Pin It

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Efendy fires up

A Turkish and Mediterranean Grill to open on Dresden Row

Posted By on Wed, Dec 18, 2013 at 5:10 PM

click to enlarge Coming soon to a belly near you
  • Coming soon to a belly near you

“We did everything ourselves, from the sign out there to everything in here,” says Altin Begolli of the renovation that’s transformed the longtime space of the former Fid Resto into Efendy Turkish and Mediterranean Grill (1569 Dresden Row).

After 10 years of working in restaurants in Halifax and dreaming of opening his own spot, and six months of seeking a location, he and business partner Ali Simsek—a Turkish chef who’s cooked in kitchens from Cafe Istanbul and Kebab Kitchen to Wolfville’s Troy— are just about ready to debut downtown’s newest eatery.

With nothing frozen or fried, everything made from scratch and a strong focus on local, Efendy’s main attraction will be its charcoal grill which will cook up basically the entire menu, from skewers of lamb, chicken and fish (all local!), to veggie options. And thanks to an open-style kitchen, you get a front row seat to all the action.

Begolli says his goal is to serve healthy, affordable food in a warm, friendly place. “Most people like simple things,” adds Simsek. “They like something that’s comfortable, tasty food, a price that is reasonable...that's it.”

The pair plan to have Efendy open for lunch and dinner before Christmas.

Tags: , , ,

Survey Asks

What kind of February weather is your favourite?

  • Slush city
  • Cold snap—ice streets, pretty trees
  • Big ol' dumping of snow
  • Oddly warm, tricks innards into thinking Spring is just around the corner
  • Anything that gets me out of going to school/work

View Results


Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Remember, it's entirely possible to disagree without spiralling into a thread of negativity and personal attacks. We have the right to remove (and you have the right to report) any comments that go against our policy.

In Print This Week

Vol 27, No 38
February 13, 2020

Cover Gallery »

Real Time Web Analytics

© 2020 Coast Publishing Ltd.