If you're a big fan of dinosaurs like me, you really can't miss the awesome Jurassic Land at Forum Istanbul, the largest shopping mall in not only Turkey, but also the whole of Europe. Built on a huge area of 10,000 square meters, it combines both entertainment and education for children and adults alike. Next to it is a café to satisfy your appetite, especially if you're hungry like a T-Rex. :P
After an afternoon of fun, enjoying the largest 4D cinema in the country and the dinosaur laboratory tour, Melon couldn't wait to have her lunch. :)
There wasn't particularly interesting about the bread. In fact, it was a tad dry.
Cream Cheese Peppers ₺15.00 (~S$7.50)
The deep-fried red peppers stuffed with cream cheese made a really good appetiser dish. They weren't only appetisingly spicy, but also addictively savoury. The outer casing was crunchy and not too thick. The only qualm I had was with the fries, which seemed to have been fried much earlier and left to stand for quite some time.
Homemade Kayseri Manti ₺15.00 (~S$7.50)
Described as "special Turkish ravioli" in the menu booklet, the first main course that came to the table didn't look grand. Despite that, each of the petite pouch was enjoyably chewy, filled with minced beef. The white sauce, which was mainly yogurt in terms of its composition, was tangy and velvety.
Chicken Schnitzel ₺20.00 (~S$10.00)
I didn't know why, but I was so set on ordering the breaded chicken breast when I saw its availability in the café. However, it turned out to be a wrong decision as the white meat was quite hard and dry, although it didn't taste bad. The fries made matters worse, but thankfully the vegetables were pretty fresh.
Turkish Mosaic Cake ₺11.00 (~S$5.50)
That was my second time having the local mosaic cake, the first one was at Cakes & Bakes before I left Izmir. The one served at the café was sans pistachio crumbs, but it was more chocolatey. Having said that, it could definitely be richer and perhaps just a little bit sweeter as well.
Ice Chocolate (White Chocolate) ₺10.00 (~S$5.00)
Out of the six variants available: white chocolate, caramel, nut, banana, strawberry and sour cheery, I choose the first one on the list. Just like the dessert, it was adequately sweet, but not as rich as I'd expected it to be. As you can see, it came with a generous amount of whipped cream.
Pika's advice: Feeling lucky? The café serves something called Surprise Dessert priced at ₺11.00 (~S$5.50). Look at Pikachu digging for some fossils. :D
Jura Teras Café
2/F Forum Istanbul
(Daily: 10.00am - 10.00pm)
*Prices quoted are subject to 15% service charge.
Have a nice meal,