CONTRIBUTED BY LARISSA KOERSCHNER
The North Shield is another one of our family’s favorite restaurants in Adana. It is located right next to Cosecha’s Cafe on the popular street of Ziyapaşa Blv. Besides the yummy food, I love the atmosphere. It’s got a posh, “antique-y” feel that keeps your eyes wandering throughout the dining room as you scan the books and trinkets on display.
The North Shield offers indoor dining and outdoor dining. We have eaten in both locations and you can’t go wrong either way. The indoor dining areas include comfy chairs and couches and even some tables crafted out of old, pedal-pushing sewing machines (this always keeps the kids entertained). There is also a full service bar indoors, as well as an upstairs dining area that is utilized during busy nights or for private groups. The outdoor dining area is large and covered. It is also heated and can be enclosed for those cooler months here in Turkey.
We have found the service at The North Shield to be superb when we visit. There seems to always be someone on staff that speaks English which makes it so much easier to order. (Speaking of ordering, if you want plain bubbly water it is known as ‘soda’ in Turkey. If you want a soda, then you need to order a ‘Coke’ or ‘Coke Light.’
The North Shield’s menu is quite extensive and includes things such as salads, sandwiches, chicken, steak, pizza, and my personal favorite – crepes. I always order the same thing – a chicken crepe with mushroom, cream and cheese – yummy!
My son is a picky eater and will request grilled cheese anytime we go out to eat. And even though this is not an option on the menu at The North Shield they are happy to make it for him. In Turkey, a grilled cheese is know as ‘peynir toast.’ If your waiter speaks some English he may even confirm that you are asking for “cheese toast.” My daughter on the other hand is not a picky eater and will try just about everything. Her favorite thing at The North Shield is the free assortment of breads they bring out before your meal. She particularly enjoys the black olive and olive oil dipping sauce. We always have to ask for seconds. As for my husband, he loves their wraps.
Menu prices range depending on what you order, but I would compare it to the prices of Olive Garden in the states. If you order water and sandwiches, you can probably get out of there paying less than $25 per couple. However, if you order some higher-end items such as steak and alcoholic beverages than you are looking at about $50 per couple. The great thing is that they have English menus, making it a cinch to order exactly what you want. Plus, their portion sizes are large in my opinion. The North Shield accepts TL and credit cards.
Even though I have only visited The North Shield with my family, it seems like a great place for a date night or even a night out on the town. The manager is also helpful and accommodating when it comes to planning a group event in their upstairs dining area.
Be sure to walk around a bit after you eat at North Shield. Ziyapaşa Blv is a happening strip with lots of shopping, cafes and excitement. We will usually stop and grab a coffee (and ice cream for the kiddos) as we stroll the street. Another favorite, Cherry Berry, is also within walking distance.
Address: Ziyapaşa Bulvarı 26 Adana, Turkey
Phone: 90 322 458 6262
Hours: Mon-Fri 8:30 am – 1:00 am / Sat & Sun 8:30 am – 2:00 am
Directions: map Make a right out of the base front gate. Make a right on the D400. Vere right off the D400 after the large Adana Mosque and go straight through the roundabout. Make a right at the 2nd light onto Ziyapaşa Blv. Since The North Shield is on the left, you will need to go to the end of the street and follow the roundabout all the way around, making a U-turn. The North Shield will be down a little ways and on your right. Parking is available all along Ziyapaşa Blv. and monitored by a parking attendant. If you park here, the attendant will place a receipt on your windshield to track how long you are parked and then charge you accordingly (usually it’s about 2-3TL for a couple hours). There is also parking available for free behind Ziyapaşa Blv. on the side streets. I have found that you can pretty much park anywhere that you find an opening, as long as there is not a ‘no parking’ sign or you’re not blocking a driveway.
Coordinates: N 37°00.097’ E035°19.184’