Murat’s menu reflects his unique, modern approach to traditional Turkish fare. Passionate about cooking with only the best seasonal produce, Murat’s recipes use nostalgic flavours combined with simple, modern cooking techniques: sigara boregi – confit duck wrapped in yufka pastry and fried till golden; tarama (salted and cured roe) with Frazer Island crabmeat and trout roe; stuffed eggplants; char-grilled spiced spatchcock with chickpeas; and to finish, flaky baklava with made-in-house ice cream.
A Tapestry of Flavours
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About the Chef
Owner and Head Chef, Yagiz
At aged 16, Murat began his career as a kitchen hand in a five star hotel on the eastern coast of Turkey. After military service, he took up his first job at the famous Greek restaurant Zarifi in Istanbul where, in just 14 months he became the junior Sous Chef. He then moved to the highly respected French restaurant Park Samdan, for one year followed by a stint at Istanbul’s biggest nightclub Reina. Arriving in Australia in 2009, Murat’s career began at the Newcastle pub, Lass O’ Gowrie. After 3 months, he leased the kitchen for a 12 month period and successfully introduced Turkish cuisine to the city. While working as the Chef de Partie at Newcastle’s only one hatted restaurant Bacchus, he studied at Sydney’s Hospitality Tourism School, graduating after a two year course in 2013. Offered a position in Sydney he could not refuse, Murat worked for one of Sydney’s most famous chefs, My Kitchen Rules star, Colin Fassnidge in his Four in Hand kitchen. Seduced by Melbourne and to take on another challenge, he became Head Chef at the new restaurant Tulum in Balaclava in 2016. After 10 months, he decided to set up his first solo project, opening Yagiz in South Yarra in October 2017, where he continues to welcome diners to experience his interpretation of traditional Turkish cuisine. More