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A new dining option for Haverhill has so far been very well received

Authentic Turkish and Mediterranean cuisine can now be enjoyed for the first time by diners in Haverhill after the opening of a new restaurant.

Star Grill Turkish and Mediterranean Restaurant was launched just a few days before Christmas in Queen Street in the same building as the already-established Star Burger Café.

The popular café, which is renowned locally for its all-day breakfasts, among other things, is running just as it always has – seven days a week until 5pm.

Wendy and Ali Yagir, along with Bircan Palo, Tayfun Yagir (in rear) and Yakub Rivdan. Picture by Mecha Morton
Wendy and Ali Yagir, along with Bircan Palo, Tayfun Yagir (in rear) and Yakub Rivdan. Picture by Mecha Morton

But now, from 6pm until 11pm six days week (it is closed on Tuesdays), the premises is transformed into the restaurant, complete with discreet lighting and Turkish music.

The restaurant is the idea of Star Burger owners, Wendy and Ali Yagir, who bought the café six years ago but have now taken the opportunity to offer something new to their adopted home town.

The couple, explained Wendy, love to eat out as often as possible and they both felt that they could offer something in Haverhill that was not already available while also increasing the choices on offer.

A reserved table set at the Star Grill
A reserved table set at the Star Grill

Wendy said: “It’s been his (Ali’s) dream since we lived in Turkey.

“We had a restaurant and since we’ve been here that’s what we were looking to do.

“We thought, we were closed every night and it’s sitting empty and so we decided to adapt really. We are still adapting.

“We were going to do it after Christmas but Ali said we are up, we are ready, and we need to get it

“It has been a struggle but we have done it and now we can look forward to the new year.”

Already the restaurant, which seats 48, has been well received by diners, as Ali explained: “The last two weeks, I would say, people are just like craving for these things.

“They are coming in and saying ‘you are the first in this town to do this’.”

Star Grill is a true family affair, with Ali and Wendy being helped by their son, Tayfun, plus the two new kitchen staff and one new waitress that they have hired.

The daytime and evening time chefs are totally different, as unlike the café menu, the food on offer in the evening required specialist knowledge of Turkish cuisine.

All of the food at Star Grill is prepared on site, with the only exception being the taramasalata and is heavily influenced by the cuisine of the Antakya region of southern Turkey, on the border with Syria, where Ali originates from.

The restaurant’s chef, explained Ali, is also from Antakya.

Star Grill is fully licensed and is already getting great reviews on Trip Advisor, all of which have been five star.

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