Turkish restaurant brings culture and flavor in authentic way


Vases, plates, and bowls from Anatolian Table. Photo by Benjamin Kim

Simple, yet exquisite.

These three words describe Anatolian Table perfectly. Their hummus and bread is just like every other one, but unique and beautiful in its own way, and that’s just the beginning.

Anatolian Table is a small, family-run Turkish Restaraunt at 6815 Lonetree Boulevard open from 11:30 AM to 9:30 PM. Even though I have lived in Rocklin for over 10 years, I have never been here, and it’s been open for seven years. If I could change one thing in my life, it would be that I knew about this place.

Upon entering, I can hear the soft Turkish music and see the authentic paintings and rugs. Even though it’s pretty old, the building is in great condition, and so are the vases and plates on the walls. Just to put the icing on the cake, the menus a decent size and in a font easy enough to read, but they do have Turkish names.

I went on a Tuesday night so it wasn’t really packed, and we got amazing service. Because I didn’t know much about Turkish food,  the server was patient and willing to explain all the different dishes to us. And then, the magical moment when my food comes out.

Some people say that their favorite part of weddings is when the groom’s eyes meets the bride’s. Well my favorite part of life is when I see my food. And this was a short wait worth every second.

The house bread was fresh made, still hot, and the hummus looked so simple, and it was like heaven in a bite. Personally, I am not a fan of dipping into sauce like hummus, but in this case, I slathered the hummus all over the bread. Each component was perfect.

After that, the assorted kebabs came out with buttery rice. Not only that, a fresh salad with lettuce, onions, and something pickled came out that added the perfect side. With the meat, came a yogurt to dip it in, and it was light and creamy, adding the perfect texture.

They also have “oven dishes” which are all basically light pizzas if you want to go for a less adventurous choice. In my opinion, it’s not a good enough reason to go here just for the pizza, but it still is just as good, if not better, than some pizza restaurants nearby.

Finally, the baklava was flaky and light, topped with a rich chocolate sauce and whipped cream. Being beyond full, I decided not to get coffee, but I would personally suggest it as Turkish coffee is famous and ends the meal in just the right way.

Even after just one visit to Anatolian Table, it is somewhere I would go back again, and again, and again.