Best Turkish food in London?
My boyfriend and I are from NYC and will be traveling to London soon. Any recommendations for especially good Turkish restaurants? We are both graduate students, so suggestions for cheaper places are especially appreciated!
Thanks for your help.
I love Meze Mangal in Lewisham. Lewisham is considered a dump by most Londoners, but the NY Times Travel section featured Deptford and New Cross as worth visiting in London, and both are in Lewisham.
If you do decide to make the trek out here (approx 10 minutes by overground train from London Bridge), then Meze Mangal does outstanding Turkish food.
245 Lewisham Way, Lewisham, SE4 1XF
Tel: 020 8694 8099
Travel: St John's rail/Lewisham rail/DLR
Times: Meals served noon-1am Mon-Thur; noon-2am Fri, Sat; noon-midnight Sun
Price: Main courses £5-£12.
Credit cards: MC, V
Lahmacun, fried calamari, grilled lamb cubes, grilled chicken wings, grilled swordfish, kleftiko (slow-cooked lamb). They make all the grilled items on a huge charcoal grill in the centre of the restaurant. They also have a huge brick oven in the room where they make the bread, pide and lahmacun. Service is very friendly.
If you're going turkish, it's got to be grilled meat in Dalston or Green Lanes.
2nd vote for Mangal Ockabaci in Arcola St.
Best salad accompaniment to the meat. And aubergine salad. And BYO to boot.
Don't forget takeaway baclava afterwards from the place nearby on the high st. This will clinch the bet.
Umut 2000 across the road worth a look in for the ribs. But a bit functional.
Some local turkish taxi drivers reckon the Mare St places are better but I suspect family involvement.
Antepliler in green lanes also good.
It may be out of the way depending on where you are staying but Anatolia on Mare St (Hackney) or Tad just down the road are just brilliant - should definitely beat anything in New York! Try their mixed grill (if you have a big appetite!). The staff are really lovely and friendly as well.
Several years ago I lived around the corner from Iznik in highbury and enjoyed it often. A Turkish Cypriot colleague of mine is also fond of it.
I am also very fond of the gozleme at a place on Stoke Newington High Street. It is a bakery on the north east corner and they are often making them fresh. Lovely, light lunch with a cup of tea.