About us

Taksim Turkish Kitchen and Bar opened it's doors in August 2015. Owner of Taksim, Samim had previously owned Turkish Cafe Ponsonby and Newmarket and currently owns Turko cafe in the city. Samim has been cooking Turkish cuisine in New Zealand since 1990 and before arriving in New Zealand was cooking at his family owned restaurant in the south of Turkey on the mediterranean coast.

Samim named Taksim after the famous Taksim district which is situated in Istanbul, Turkey. Taksim is a major tourist and leisure district famed for its restaurants, shops, and hotels. It is considered the heart of Istanbul and is also the location of the Monument of the Republic of Turkey. Taksim is also a favourite location for public events such as parades, New Year celebrations, or other social gatherings.

Turkey sits at the crossroads of three different worlds, Anatolia, Asia and Europe and Turkish cuisine evolved under the influence of the Seljuks and Ottomans over the centuries. Our menu reflects this diversity from the very traditional to the contemporary from village dishes to dishes influenced by the Ottoman kitchens of the past. You will find an authentic taste of Turkey right here at Taksim Turkish Kitchen and Bar from mezze to chargrilled meats. Our menu caters for all tastes, from vegetarians to meat lovers, from salads to desserts.

Taksim Turkish Kitchen's atmosphere brings a touch of ancient and modern Turkey together. Inspired by the cultural elements of Turkish history with it's brick walls, bronze and copper shields through to the red chiffon curtains. Taksim Turkish Kitchen and Bar is not just a restaurant, it's a destination.

  • Our Chef

    Meet the owner of Taksim and head chef, Samim. After years of running his family restaurant in Adana south of Turkey Samim arrived in New Zealand in 1987 bringing his culture and skills and set up the original Turkish Cafe in Ponsonby. A few years later Samim then established his next restaurant Turkish Cafe Newmarket. Samim brings an authentic taste of Turkey to all his establishments including his day time cafe Turko in the Victoria Quarter. So if you want to taste real Turkish cuisine from authentic dishes to contemporary then head to Taksim Turkish Kitchen and Bar. There's something on the menu for everyone.