When an early morning fire broke down and ripped through a local strip mall on Stony Plain Road and 154 Street a little over two years ago, two local businesses were completely destroyed: the Moon Palace Restaurant and the Anatolia Food Market/Restaurant.
For the Turkish Canadian Community in Edmonton, Anatolia Food Market/Restaurant was a major gathering place. Only a few blocks away from the Turkish Community Centre, you could often find community members stopping by for groceries and, of course, authentic Turkish food. Reviews on Google still serve as a somber reminder as to why this was considered the best Turkish restaurant in the city. The prices were reasonable and the food was amazing. This leaves a huge hole in finding Turkish food in the west end. Turkish Canadian Society is currently working on a printed guide with details of home-based caterers.
Before COVID-19 closures there were regular cultural gatherings at the Turkish Community Centre, often with lots of delicious Turkish food and always open to all area residents. Although most of these events are currently on hold, you can still get on a mailing list so you can be informed about our next public event. Residents interested in subscribing to the TCS email list or looking for food recommendations can send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sim Senol is the Treasurer/External Relations Coordinator with TCS.