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This bright red, gloss-painted eatery on the Isle of Dogs is what happened when the folks from the kebab shop over the way decided to go upmarket. Once a fire station (hence the name & the colour scheme), it’s now a charming bar & bistro that ranks as the best of the local bunch for business & pleasure – even if the cooking doesn’t exactly hit the gastronomic heights. Expect generic Middle Eastern food with some influences from the Eastern Mediterranean: taramasalata, feta & spinach parcels or stuffed vine leaves are good openers, before big salads, hearty stews & baked dishes including lamb tagine, moussaka or stuffed peppers. All that’s missing is a charcoal grill for kebabs – although the assortment of pasta & brunch dishes almost makes up for it. Look for Turkish labels on the very affordable wine list.


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  1. Published : Sunday, 29 September 2013

    Over the Hype :: The Old Fire Station

    Believe it or not, The Old Fire Station was once in fact a fully operational FIRE STATION back in the days of 1904. Seeing the red paint, what kind of cuisine would you have expected them to serve?

    The restaurant has an extensive Middle Eastern menu with a bar that serves an equally extensive list of cocktails and beer. The unusual pairing of decor vs cuisine reminded me of a little place called here.

    In the summer months, the full length windows open to welcome in beams of sunshine while remaining closed in the winter to preserve the warmth radiating from the candles wrapping diners in a sultry...
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