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Anatolia’s Gate: South Burnaby’s Hidden Gem

Anatolia’s Gate

Anatolia’s Gate
The strip of Kingsway, from Boundary to Edmonds, doesn’t necessarily scream innovative or cutting-edge when it comes to Vancouver’s culinary scene. In fact, there isn’t a whole lot going on in South Burnaby aside from the occasional Pho house, Wings, and a ludicrously expensive Greek place. But if you look a little closer, and by “a little” I mean DO NOT BLINK, you will spot Anatolia’s Gate nestled in the strip just opposite High Gate Mall.

Anatolia’s Gate is a Turkish restaurant owned by a father-son duo who specializes in Lavash bread and prepare their dishes using solely a stoned-grilled oven. My boyfriend lives five minutes from the restaurant so we decided one night to try it out and we are SO glad we did!

When we first walked into the restaurant on Friday night the place was packed! Good thing we decided to do take out as there were people waiting for tables. There were four boys behind the counter, each looking like they had a specific job to do – definitely an assembly line process in the works here. Honestly, it was unbelievable to watch, each worker moved so quickly and matter-of-factly. Another thing I noticed about the place was the number of Turkish and Middle-Eastern customers. They all acted like Anatolia’s Gate was their usual Friday night hang out. For some reason this got me more excited.

Anatolia’s Gate

My boyfriend and I both ordered the Chicken Iskender as we were told this was one of their most popular dishes. This dish came with huge chunks of chicken marinated in a thick yogurt and tomato sauce. The chicken was cooked perfectly and very juicy. The sauce it was served in was like nothing I have ever tasted before. I had to constrain myself from licking my takeout dish clean. Served with the chicken was a pickled radish salad that was a beautiful deep purple color and had just the right amount of flavour. Nothing too strong or overbearing. Next, there was a cucumber and tomato salad with parsley and white onions. This too was perfect and very fresh tasting. Beside that in my takeout dish there was an orange-type mush that I had a hard time figuring out exactly what it was. After some online research I decided it was shredded carrots mixed with yogurt. Best carrots I’ve ever tasted in my life. The final and most impressive part of this dish was the Lavash bread, cooked right in front of us in the wooden oven. This bread was amazing! Still warm, thick, and fluffy, this Turkish tradition just soaks up all the yogurt marinade for an experience like no other. Usually I leave the carbs to my boyfriend but a fight almost broke out over who was going to get the last piece. The elements in this dish complement one another so well and the dining experience would definitely differ if any were missing missing.

Anatolia’s Gate

After the meal I think I probably told my boyfriend 100 times that this Chicken Iskender was the best thing I have ever ate in my life. I was left satisfied and had a huge smile on my face for the rest of the evening. No wonder the place is filled with the local Turkish community on Friday nights! This father-son team stick so close to tradition and it works! I cannot wait to go back and try everything else on the menu. Apparently I have a thing for Turkish food – who knew! Anatolia’s Gate is a hidden gem definitely worth finding and experiencing. You will not leave disappointed and will have a newfound appreciation for South Burnaby. Believe me.

By: Micaela Monk

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