Turkish cuisine is a colorful, historically rich, and undeniably delicious cuisine. Despite being a niche cuisine, for Shanghai at least, there are quite a few options to explore, including Pasha Turkish Restaurant on Nanchang Lu.

And Turkish food is more than just kebabs! Read on for grilled meats, comforting dumplings, marinated sea bass, and roasted bone marrow.

Pasha Turkish Restaurant

Pasha Turkish Restaurant for Turkish cuisine and steaks in Shanghai. Photo by Rachel Gouk @ Nomfluence.

Pasha first opened as a hole-in-the-wall on Nanchang Lu in 2009, serving mostly kebabs. It relocated in 2018 just across the street to a much bigger venue, an entire lanehouse with rooftop seating. That’s when they expanded the menu to include a whole host of Turkish dishes, as well as steaks and burgers.

Pasha Turkish Restaurant for Turkish cuisine and steaks in Shanghai.

The space is stylish and feels a touch upmarket, but that’s mostly due to the white tablecloths and glimmering stemware. It’s actually pretty easy-going and smart-casual.

Pasha Turkish Restaurant for Turkish cuisine and steaks in Shanghai. Photo by Rachel Gouk @ Nomfluence.

The cavernous dining room seats 80, and extends backward to also accommodate a private room for up to 12 guests. That said, it’s a good destination for large groups. During the warmer months, seating nearly doubles as they open up their rooftop terrace for al fresco.

Pasha Turkish Restaurant for Turkish cuisine and steaks in Shanghai. Photo by Rachel Gouk @ Nomfluence.

The Food

Turkish cuisine is abundantly rich with influences from the Byzantine to Ottoman eras. The menu at Pasha is large and features many iconic dishes, all executed under the expertise of Turkish head chef Mehmet.

Dishes include cold and hot meze (appetizers) from refreshing herbed yogurts to roasted bone marrow. And of course, there’s a lot of meat, served grilled in the form of kebabs, koftas, shish, and steaks.

Here’s what to order:

Pasha Turkish Restaurant for Turkish cuisine and steaks in Shanghai. Photo by Rachel Gouk @ Nomfluence.
Bread, an indispensable part of every Turkish meal. This complimentary breadbasket comes with puffed up pitas and thick triangles of flatbread, served with olive oil and balsamic.
Pasha Turkish Restaurant for Turkish cuisine and steaks in Shanghai. Photo by Rachel Gouk @ Nomfluence.
Haydari (¥78) – Homemade strained yogurt with herbs, fresh mint, and garlic. It’s quite thick, a little less dense than cream cheese, and brightened with freshly squeezed lemon and herbs. Scoop it up with the breads.
Pasha Turkish Restaurant for Turkish cuisine and steaks in Shanghai. Photo by Rachel Gouk @ Nomfluence.
Levrek Marine (¥88) – Poached sea bass marinated in a bright, zesty mustard-lemon sauce. It’s not much to look at, but a cold-dish to try if you like dishes with a sour profile. One of my favorites.
Pasha Turkish Restaurant for Turkish cuisine and steaks in Shanghai. Photo by Rachel Gouk @ Nomfluence.
Ahtapot Salad (¥108) – Cold octopus salad with pickles, dill, lemon, pickle juice, and extra virgin olive oil.
Pasha Turkish Restaurant for Turkish cuisine and steaks in Shanghai.
Roasted Bone Marrow (¥158) – Bone marrow. It’s like butter, but beef-flavored and of the gods. It’s an extremely rich dish of roasted bone marrow that’s served tableside, mixed with a salad of parsley, raw onion, and capers, seasoned with salt, chili flakes, and herbs.
Pasha Turkish Restaurant for Turkish cuisine and steaks in Shanghai. Photo by Rachel Gouk @ Nomfluence.
It’s all spooned onto a soaked roll. Oh-so sinful but heavenly.
Pasha Turkish Restaurant for Turkish cuisine and steaks in Shanghai. Photo by Rachel Gouk @ Nomfluence.
Manti (¥88) – Homemade Turkish beef dumplings that are finished in butter with lashings of yogurt and chili oil. These comforting dumplings are no bigger than a thumbnail and have a chewy texture that’s similar to gnocchi.
Pasha Turkish Restaurant for Turkish cuisine and steaks in Shanghai. Photo by Rachel Gouk @ Nomfluence.
My favorite dish is the Beyti Kebab (¥155), named after its creator Beyti Güler, who was inspired to make the dish in 1961. It’s lamb and beef wrapped with cheese in lavash bread, baked, and doused with a buttery tomato sauce and yogurt. Served with pilaf, blistered green peppers, and tomatoes.
There are plenty of large cuts and platters that are great for groups. The pièce de résistance is the Steak Mixed Plate, a platter with five cuts of steak, including tomahawk, t-bone, New York, fillet, and a rack of lamb, weighing in at 2.7kg for ¥2,394.
Tomahawk Steak (¥1,188) – Good for 2-3 to share.
Pasha Turkish Restaurant for Turkish cuisine and steaks in Shanghai. Photo by Rachel Gouk @ Nomfluence.
Pasha Mixed Plate (¥298) – Then, there’s the house signature platter, which features seven kinds of meats and kebabs, including chicken, lamb and beef kofte, lamb chops, wings, beef, and two kebab and eggplant links. The cover lifts, and you swoon at its scent.
Pasha Turkish Restaurant for Turkish cuisine and steaks in Shanghai. Photo by Rachel Gouk @ Nomfluence.
The highlight of this platter is most certainly the spice-crusted lamb chops, followed by the fluffy kofte. It also comes with medium-spicy blistered chilies, flatbread, and pilaf. Available in a larger size suitable for four people for ¥588.
Pasha Turkish Restaurant for Turkish cuisine and steaks in Shanghai. Photo by Rachel Gouk @ Nomfluence.
Dana Saslik (¥228) – Marinated beef kebabs (250g) charred on the grill and served with steamed vegetables and seasonings.
Pasha Turkish Restaurant for Turkish cuisine and steaks in Shanghai. Photo by Rachel Gouk @ Nomfluence.
Lokum (¥258) – Sliced beef filet (250g) drenched in butter with bone marrow and bread. A good option to share if you want a taste of steak and bone marrow with minimal commitment.
Pasha Turkish Restaurant for Turkish cuisine and steaks in Shanghai. Photo by Rachel Gouk @ Nomfluence.
Tomahawk Burger (¥168) – Pasha also does burgers. This one has 250g of thin sliced rib-eye cooked medium rare, stacked with cheddar cheese and the usual trappings. Served with fries and pickles on the side. A beast of a sandwich.
Pasha Turkish Restaurant for Turkish cuisine and steaks in Shanghai. Photo by Rachel Gouk @ Nomfluence.
Baklava (¥68) – A rich, sweet pastry made with filo dough, filled with chopped sweetened nuts, held together with syrup. It’s a lot of sugar in one small square of flaky pastry.
Pasha Turkish Restaurant for Turkish cuisine and steaks in Shanghai. Photo by Rachel Gouk @ Nomfluence.
Künefe (¥68) – I prefer the Künefe, though I doubt it’s any better in terms of calories. It’s made with shredded filo pastry that’s been cooked in butter, layered with soft cheese, and then drenched with syrup. Served here with a luscious goat’s milk ice cream.
Pasha Turkish Restaurant for Turkish cuisine and steaks in Shanghai. Photo by Rachel Gouk @ Nomfluence.
Turkish Coffee (¥40) – Turkish coffee is made by boiling extremely fine grounds, and is poured, grounds and and all, into a small cup similar to that of an espresso cup. You’re meant to slowly sip it, allowing the grounds to settle.

There’s a whole culture behind fortune telling with coffee grounds, too. Look it up.

As for drinks, Pasha prides itself on their Turkish-only wine selection. Wines by the glass from ¥60, bottles from ¥238. Simple mixed drinks, classic cocktails with a twist, beer, and mocktails are also available.

Pasha Turkish Restaurant for Turkish cuisine and steaks in Shanghai. Photo by Rachel Gouk @ Nomfluence.

I end up at Pasha at least twice a year, usually for a massive birthday table overflowing with food. But most times, I’m enjoying vine leaves and koftas via delivery in the comfort of my home. And I always have a great experience. The dishes with lamb never fail, and my favorites (levrak marine, beyti kebab) have always been consistent.

I highly recommend it if you’re craving Turkish food, or if you’re looking to discover something new.

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Pasha Turkish Restaurant
Address: 125 Nanchang Lu, near Ruijin Er Lu 南昌路125号, 近瑞金二路
Tel: 64712288
Hours: Daily, 11am-11:30pm