If you're crazy about kebabs and mad for meze, London's Turkish restaurants are ready to deliver. But you shouldn't have to settle for anything less than the best. From old timers to new kids on the block, here's a quick roundup of the city's best options.
An old-school Turkish delight, Pasha has been a staple of the Islington scene since 1972. The food is rather traditional, all family recipes and elegant presentation – no trendy fusion cuisine here, folks. But what you will find are high quality dishes like spinach borek, homemade hummus with lamb and kofte galore. Order fresh from the grill to feast on lamb shish kebabs or rib-eye steak. The mixed grill is the perfect option for those of us who want it all in life. With lamb, chicken and kofte, everyone's a winner.
2. Mangal 2
Forget what you think you know about kebabs. Dalston's Mangal 2 has a well-earned cult following for its charcoal-fired 'ocakbasi' skewers. Each morsel of meat and veg is sealed with fire for unbeatably juicy flavour, and its monster list of hot and cold meze is sure to leave your mouth watering. Stuffed vine leaves and wheat salad complement spicy chicken wings and grilled halloumi, and with such a diverse menu, you can order time and time again and never repeat a meal.
Alan Yau's got the Midas touch when it comes to restaurant concepts. Who doesn't love a bit of Wagamama? His latest project is Babaji, a West End eatery focusing on the Turkish version of pizza, pide. Flat yet fluffy, the bread is covered in can't-resist toppings like caramelised onions and walnuts and then baked in the oven. If you can manage to tear yourself away from the pide selection, meze include fried calamari and baked halloumi. Save room for the sweet stuff here. Homemade pistachio baklava, anyone? We'll take five.
A fresh, modern eatery in North London's Green Lanes, Devran's making a name for itself among the stiff local competition. The flatbread is warm and the portions are massive. Stews are made freshly each day, with winning combos like lamb and aubergine or chicken and potatoes. They're the perfect match for the drizzly London weather. One taste of the Turkish breakfast at Devran and you'll forget all about the full English. The usual eggs and sausages get a fresh makeover with feta, olives, cucumber, tomato, and that amaze-balls homemade Turkish bread. Spread the love with honey, jam and butter.
Treat yourself, Ottoman-style. Antalya serves traditional recipes fit for a Sultan, showing off the regional flavours of Istanbul, Izmir and Bursa. Who knew there were so many ways to cook an aubergine? You'll find it here stuffed and baked, fried with peppers or pureed in a creamy sauce and served with lamb. Speaking of lamb, it's another specialty of the house. Order the Antalya house special, a slow cooked lamb shank baked until it melts like butter with shallots, celeriac and potatoes.
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