Date night rolled around again and the weekly challenge of picking a restaurant was upon us. Word of mouth made our decision easy - we had to try Tuck In!
We were greeted with a wide smile and entered a cosy, warm restaurant with ambient lighting and live Turkish music. Our waiter had just the right level of friendliness, combined with knowledge of the menu and confidence, so we knew we were in safe hands when asking for recommendations.
There is an open kitchen and the chefs can be seen busily at work where they display the BBQ grills in action. The smells drifting through the restaurant were divine!
The drinks menu ranged from an extensive list of cocktails to wine and soft drinks. As we were still partaking in Dry January, we opted for soft drinks. The menu itself recommends a wine suited to each and every dish. Handy! There is certainly enough variety for all tastes on the menu with prices set realistically for the dining experience. A wide variety of Turkish dishes are available including Turkish kebabs and traditional Turkish
For starters we chose the Sucuk, a popular Turkish sausage. The waiter informed us it is typically quite dry and spicy and, since Turkey is a predominately Muslim country, sucuk is made from beef. It was delicious with a slight spicy kick. We also chose Cacik (commonly known as Tzatziki) which is made of yogurt mixed with cucumber, mint and a hint of garlic. It was delicious and creamy!
For mains we were recommended a Turkish sharing platter for two. The platter included minced lamb, chicken breast, lamb cubes, lamb ribs, chicken wings and was served with rice, salad and Turkish bread with minced black olives. The meat was beautifully flavoured. It was a brilliant opportunity to try all of the meat options on the menu, rather than having to choose one! Our favourites were most definitely the lamb ribs and the lamb cubes, which were so incredibly tasty. The rice was beautifully seasoned and the salad was the perfect accompaniment to the platter - so fresh and tasty including tomatoes, red onion, cucumber and pickled red cabbage.
Unfortunately there was no room for dessert, we were both fully satisfied having enjoyed a wonderful experience and a large platter. Although we did take up the option to try some Shisha, which is available in the conservatory style back room. It topped off a traditional Turkish evening and the sweet peach, vanilla and bubblegum flavour we chose was the perfect sweet kick we needed after our meal - without the calories! (Although please be aware of the health risks included in smoking Shisha).
In all, a great night out. The food, especially for meat lovers, makes this a stand out restaurant in Northampton for the Turkish cuisine.
We will be back in the very near future with friends.
The total cost was £50.
Address- 171 Wellingborough Road | Northampton, NN1 4DX | Phone 01604 460081 | Website www.tuckinrestaurant.com