Ella Restaurant, Prenton

Ella’ is Wirral’s newest restaurant situated just off Woodchurch Road in Prenton. A traditional Turkish BBQ restaurant, offering a wide selection of hot and cold mezes, grilled kebabs, fish dishes and salads – promising you a taste of authentic Turkish cuisine.

Greeted by the super friendly Michael, the Restaurant Manager, we were seated to our table which was close to the open kitchen with the awesome aroma’s coming from the Mangal (barbeque). Whilst we perused the wine menu, a basket of traditional Turkish bread arrived with dips. We opted for a classic French bottle of Domaine Martinolles Pinot Noir, priced at £17.95. An elegantly tasting wine with cherry and strawberry aroma’s, a lovely pairing.

To start, we opted for the hot and cold meze platter to share. The cold platter included a selection of Sarma (stuffed vine leaves), Cacik (garlic yoghurt, cucumber & mint), Tahini, Houmous, and Sak Suka (cooked aubergine and Turkish peppers), all accompanied with traditional Turkish bread.

The hot platter was served with garlic mushrooms, Halloumi, Sucuk (Turkish spiced sausage), Tavuk Kanat (chargrilled marinated chicken wings), Kiymali Borek (filo pastry roll with fried spiced minced lamb), Peynir Borek (filo pastry roll with feta cheese), Copsis (spiced and diced chicken), Calamari and Izgara Kofte (meatballs). Every element of the mezze was delicious and cooked to perfection. Fabulous.

For the main event, we opted for the Karisik for 2 people, priced at £24.50; a gargantuan selection of all the ‘house’ kebabs. The Adana was a grilled skewer of minced lamb, Kuzu Shish, marinated Turkish diced lamb. The Tavuk Shish, marinated skewered chicken breast was tender and lightly spiced. The Pirzola, seasoned lamb chops seasoned and cooked to perfection. Chargrilled chicken thighs (Acili Tavuk) which were subtly spiced with crispy skin giving way to a lovely tender thigh meat. Accompanied with rice, griddled peppers and gorgeous wafer thin flat breads this was a fantastic main.

To end our delicious ‘Turkish adventure’ we opted for the classic ‘home-made’ Bakclava which was served with vanilla ice cream, fresh cream and mint leaves. Divine.

Overall, we highly recommend that you go along and try out the menu at Ella. This small, and intimate family run restaurant has the perfect surroundings, atmosphere and with quality fresh food – what’s not to enjoy. A lovely informal dining experience for all the family for any occasion.

To book: 0151 608 4200