Black Axe Mangal 1

156 Canonbury Road , London, N1 2UP

1 reviews

20 International Highbury

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SquareMeal Review of Black Axe Mangal

When you take a hipster who’s spent 10 years working at St John Bread & Wine, a pop-up restaurant, a Copenhagen nightclub and a swish version of Turkish kebabbery, the result is bound to be pretty cool. Lee Tiernan and his wife Kate have created their own selection of ‘kebabs, beers and other tasty junk’. Forget pitta: instead you’ll find imaginative plates such as salty smoked cod roe and crisps, followed by plump mussels with deliciously fatty bacon and zingy chilli. A plate of meaty kids’ offal is a delight, gloriously balanced by a side of hispi cabbage. We greedily followed this with Chinese-spiced Adana of lambs' tongues (a revelation), which arrived with lashings of sauce that we dutifully mopped up with homemade flatbread. Drinks are equally good (including a cocktail list from Ryan ‘Mr Lyan’ Chetiyawardana): a Lagerita does the trick, counterbalancing the spice, but giving an extra Tequila kick. 

 

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7.0

Food & Drink: 9.0

Service: 6.0

Atmosphere: 5.0

Value: 7.0

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 3.0

Atmosphere: 2.0

Value: 3.0

Vi V. gold reviewer 14 May 2016

This sums up pretty much everything about Black Axe Mangal from their interior, decoration, fittings and not least, food. It is hardly the place you would take a date out to for a romantic night, gazing into each other's eyes and drowning out everyone else around you. It's casual, has the neighbourhood/local feel, somewhere for a takeaway after a couple of pints, a notch up from the usual kebab place and the music is much too heavy and loud to ignore. Usually I turn away from such deafening places, especially when coupled with a no reservations policy, but the food looked promising. So together with our usual troop of five we waited for 30 minutes for our table. Service was good and friendly. The place seemed grubby but it was not. They care about serving on warm plates, but not for the long term effects on your eardrums. A few dishes that were over the £15.00 price was a little pricey for their portion sizes. On the other hand when you take into account how the meats were precisely cooked and how wholesome the flavours were, it felt worth paying for. Irrespective of whether you like it or not, Black Axe Mangal is what it is. I would not say that it was Turkish food but it was Turkish style food smartly paired with Oriental ingredients. It really works! Now, this is what I call a fusion done rightly.

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