New and Delicious: Tantuni Mediterranean

New and Delicious: Tantuni Mediterranean

Tantuni opened in August on a quiet street corner halfway between downtown Richardson and Richland College. Its chef, Ahmet Kara, is a 30-year restaurant industry veteran whose career has taken him through restaurants in Istanbul, New York and Dallas, most recently the now-closed Istanbul Café on Lovers Lane. (His most interesting gig: working in a Saudi royal palace.)

With that kind of experience in Kara’s background, it’s perhaps no surprise that Tantuni has more or less immediately become Dallas’ best Turkish restaurant. Compared with many of its rivals, the dining room is notably more casual, less desperate to impress; the menu is unapologetically region specific; and the food is consistently satisfying.

Photos by Kathy Tran


Tantuni opened in August on a quiet street corner halfway between downtown Richardson and Richland College. Its chef, Ahmet Kara, is a 30-year restaurant industry veteran whose career has taken him through restaurants in Istanbul, New York and Dallas, most recently the now-closed Istanbul Café on Lovers Lane. (His most interesting gig: working in a Saudi royal palace.)

With that kind of experience in Kara’s background, it’s perhaps no surprise that Tantuni has more or less immediately become Dallas’ best Turkish restaurant. Compared with many of its rivals, the dining room is notably more casual, less desperate to impress; the menu is unapologetically region specific; and the food is consistently satisfying.

Photos by Kathy Tran
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