THE head chef at a top Southampton eatery has revealed why he decided to open a new restaurant.

Award-winning Uni Kebab has opened a state-of-the-art building in Burgess Road – just a stone’s throw from the original takeaway unit that first opened 12 years ago.

Now, Aziz Gezer has explained why his family-run team decided to expand.

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“We felt that after winning so many awards for our homemade quality food and customer service, the last being back in match this year for "best value restaurant" in Britain we wanted our dine in space to match with a cosy atmosphere for our customers enjoy,” he said.

Customers can expect fresh Turkish cuisine, cooked in front of them.

Mr Gezer continued: “The pandemic forced us into using third party delivery services over the past few years which wasn't the way we ever intended to serve people.

“We like welcoming the customers face to face to enjoy our food properly, cooked in front of them and served straight to the table.

“Customers can expect the same great food as always from uni kebab with a new extended menu which includes more traditional Turkish dishes like our hot and cold mezze mix, Turkish stews and hot pots and a new drinks and desserts menu including whipped icecream.

“We also have increased our vegetarian dishes.

“We would like to once again thank all our customers for supporting our family business. Our new restaurant is for them to enjoy from us and we have been very excited to finally show them what we have been working so hard on.

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“We took on board everyone’s feedback over the years and finally we can now provide the full experience of traditional homemade Turkish Food in a very modern and comfortable setting.

“The thing we enjoy about running the business is we are a great team & we love doing what we do. We are always striving to make Uni Kebab bigger and better so we are very excited for this new restaurant.

“We love welcoming so many customers from all over the world that come to try our food.”

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