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Ignore the weather & the unpromising Lewisham Way location & ‘you could actually be in Turkey’ at this classic grill restaurant. Meze Mangal is certainly the district’s best Turkish eatery.
Its exterior may be scruffy & the wood-panelled dining room rather dated, but the prominent charcoal ocakbasi is where the action takes place. Start with mezze (taramasalata, hoummos), salads
& hot bread before exploring the fruits of the grill. A constant rotation of skewered delicacies sizzles away, absorbing the charcoal scent. Kebabs of cubed & minced lamb or chicken are
popular – best accompanied by Turkish wines or beer – although offal & fish dishes have admirers too. Meat-free options include vegetarian moussaka & various pide (Turkish pizza). To ease
the crowds, friendly owner Sahin plans to extend the restaurant next door.
Everything is cooked on a grill at the front of the restaurant & if the smell alone is anything to go by, its small wonder the place is packed – even at 3pm! There appears to be a cosy nook in the back with a large party gathered – who are certainly in for the haul and celebrating up a storm...
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