Cigkoftem - Vegetarian kofta wraps - Harringay Green Lanes [London]
A branch of the Turkish chain Cigkoftem recently opened on Harringay Green Lanes (a few blocks north of the Overground station). Apparently there is another branch in Stoke Newington.
They specialize in cigkofte - traditionally, this is made with raw meat, but this chain's version is made with couscous, so it's a meat substitute, and completely vegetarian.
More info on cigkofte: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chee_kufta
I've been twice now - a wrap costs £2.50 and it's quite filling. The wrap is made with a thin lavash-like bread, and a generous portion of the cigkofte mixture, which comes either mild or spicy. Then a sweet/sour/spicy sauce is added, as well as scallion, pickled radish, mint, cilantro, cucumber and a big leaf of lettuce. Then it's rolled up - all ingredients are cold.
I think there are other places on Green Lanes that also serve this, but I'm not sure which....but I know I had this snack at the Harringay Green Lanes Food Festival last year, and that was before Cigkoftem opened.
Here is the link to the chain's website, although it appears to be all in Turkish: http://www.cigkoftem.com/
Add this place to the list of worthwhile snacks in the Green Lanes/Turnpike Lane neighborhood.....I might have to lead a Chow Crawl sometime soon....
We finally got around to trying this after walking the doggie in Finsbury Park. They do have tables but we had to do takeaway because nobody wants a small greedy animal in the presence of all that delicious meat.
The menu is just a few items but there is only one that matters, the cig kofte. They offer a choice of more spicy or less spicy. Mrs Gordito and I go a takeaway portion, 10 koftes for £5. They provide with it some bread, lettuce for wrapping, generous piles of parsley and mint for flavouring and a spicy-sweet sauce. We thought about sneaking our takeaway package into the nearby pub we love (Salisbury Hotel, but I digress, this is not Pubhound) but instead just dined leaning on the bicycle racks using the bollards as tables.
Verdict: how is it possible to say anything even mildly bad about a delicious alfresco dinner for two for £5? Can I eat here every day?