Although there are benefits for the Step Count Challenge to me getting slightly lost on my aimless rambles around the town, when those wanderings are in cities with which I am not entirely familiar, the prospect is not so entirely rosy.
Accordingly, after a productive afternoon in Dundee, I retired to a familiar boozer, the Phoenix, and pondered where I might dine. I eventually concluded that heading further up the Perth Road was probably the way to go, with a vague intention of trying to track down decent Italian food.
After passing a newly opened Bangladeshi place, I bumped into a place I’d been told about, but that had slipped my mind: the legendary Agacan kebab house.
The exterior and interior of the place are bedecked in vibrant artwork in diverse styles and media. Quite unlike anywhere else I’ve seen, it’s one of the most memorable dining spaces in Scotland, with shoes on the walls and beautiful tables.
The menu offers both sit-in and takeaway options across a kebab-focussed selection of Turkish classics.
I started with the imam bayildi, the famous stuffed aubergine dish, with a name relating to the holy man’s swoon when first he tasted it. It was a really good rendition of this classic dish.
I followed with what was labelled as iskender, but was more along the lines of a good mixed grill.
A sizeable meaty platter, it brought together quite possibly the best donner I’ve sampled in Scotland, with excellent skewered chicken and a really tasty lamb kofte. The rice and salad accompaniments did their job pretty nicely too, making this a very good dish all round.
So overall, I was glad to finally visit the rather lovely Agacan. It’s quite a place and while the food could never match the extraordinary look of the place, it’s undoubtedly serving up very good Turkish fare. I’d be happy to visit again and would recommend it to you.
Blythe scores Ostara
4/5 for food
3.5/5 for presentation
5/5 for setting
3.5/5 for service
giving an overall 16/20
I ate: imam bayilidi; iskender
I drank: water, Efes
I wore: pink shirt
Total bill: £24
Address: 113 Perth Road, Dundee DD1 4JB