Last weekend it was a bank holiday weekend in the UK, meaning we got three days off instead of the usual two. It wasn’t a long weekend for me as I was working, but I did get the Monday off!
As we haven’t been for a while, me and my partner booked up our favourite restaurant Sheesh as a treat. Sheesh is a fairly upmarket Turkish restaurant, housed in a very English style building, a thirty minute drive away from where I live.
The restaurant is in a timbered Tudor building, that is 6oo years old. The outside itself is elegant, with large electric gates that swing open, a vintage car and large lanterns decorating the entrance. As decoration goes, Sheesh impresses.
The inside of the restuarant is just as elegant and has five themed seating areas, as well as a bar upstairs. Upon arrival, we sat in the bar whilst our table was being prepared and I got a fruity Strawberry Daiquiri to drink.
There’s a stage area for live acts to perform, as well as portraits of classic stars, such as Marilyn Monroe.
I have to say that the bathrooms at Sheesh also don’t disappoint, with sleek black decor and more celebrity canvasses adorning the walls.
Once our table was ready, we headed downstairs to eat in the Conservatory area of the restaurant, which is directly near the front entrance. The Conservatory is my favourite area to be seated, as it’s light, airy and spacious.
As this part of the restaurant faces the entrance, you can also see who is coming in, as Sheesh is very popular with reality tv stars, footballers and other famous faces.
Feeling ravenous it was time to order. For me, Sheesh’s starters are out of this world and definitely the best part of each visit. Me and my partner ordered a starter each and shared food. We got Taze Mantar, which is garlic mushrooms with delicious melted cheese and Sigara Boregi, which is cheese and spinach pastries with chilli dipping sauce. The wonderful free bread that accompanies the starters, works well dipped in the garlic sauce that covers the mushrooms.
For mains I ordered the Sebzeli Musakka, which is a incredibly tasty vegetable moussaka. Whilst I know aubergine is a main ingredient of the dish, I like that Sheesh’s one contains other vegetables and no aubergine, as it’s far from my favourite vegetable.
My partner ordered the Tavuk Sis, which is large cubes of chicken, with a flatbread and salad.
It’s incredibly rare that we reach dessert, but we decided to order one to share. We got the Fresh Cheesecake with hot chocolate sauce and ice cream.
I have to say I’ve had this in the past and have described it as the best cheesecake I’ve ever had, but not this time. The chocolate sauce was cold and despite the cake being incredibly soft and easy to cut through, it tasted incredibly cheesy. I’m aware many cheesecakes do contain cream cheese, but I prefer ones that don’t, as I don’t find it appetising. The saving grace was the very smooth ice cream that accompanied the cheesecake, but dessert was overall, a bit of a disappointment.
Full up and content with another excellent meal from Sheesh, I left dreaming of when I’ll next get my fix of those garlicy mushrooms and cheese and spinach pastries.