Gökyüzü Chingford

Southend Road , London, E4 8TA

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Veysel Yavuz and his family came to the UK in 1990 from Turkey’s farming community, settled in north London and bought a shop in Green Lane, which eventually became Gökyüzü. Since then they have expanded, with a branch in Wood Green as well as this offshoot in Chingford, but the formula remains the same. Rustic stone arches, tiles, ethnic pottery and artefacts set the tone in the dining room, while the food is true to the home country – albeit with influences from across the Mediterranean. Excellent sharing platters are a star turn, but the menu offers plenty for those who want to keep things to themselves: daily stews such as lamb with aubergines are a stomach-filling proposition, but there are also mezze plates, pide (Turkish pizzas), charcoal grills and specials ranging from yoğhurtli adana (skewered minced lamb chopped on bread with tomato sauce, yoghurt and butter) to char-grilled sea bream or fried vegetables wrapped in lavash bread with cheese. Drink Turkish wine, raki or beer.

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