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51 Lordship Lane
51 Lordship Lane
020 8299 2948
East Dulwich Station 747m
North Dulwich Station 876m
Premier Cinema 1km
Aquarius Golf Club 1km
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Food + drink: 2
My wife and I both both had lamb shish, which was so fatty we had to request sharper knives. The waitress never thought to ask why we wanted different knives. Accompanying the lamb was a pile of tasteless salad. I identified grated carrot and grated cabbage, but couldn't tell what else was on the plate. I didn't eat much, as it was tasteless. The chips I ordered were dry and had no colour. I suspect they had been sitting around the kitchen for ages. My wife's mashed potato was bland, as was the yogurt she ordered.
I complained to a waiter about the lamb. He said he was sorry and said he would tell the chef. He never came back to the table and there was no sign of an apologetic chef. I complained to a second waiter. Again, he said he was sorry. But that was it. Clearly no one was bothered that we had just spent £27.90 for two lamb shish dishes that we couldn't eat.
I also should point out that the gents' toilet was not very clean, never a good sign in a restaurant.
I didn't leave a tip. I won't be returning to Hisar Meze again.
Food + drink: 3
A first-world problem if ever there was one, but it’s easy to suffer gastropub fatigue in East Dulwich. There’s so much top-notch modern British cooking (at top-notch prices, no less) that something a bit less ‘swanky’ is often needed. This is where the delightful Hisar comes into its own.
Service is ridiculously warm and cordial, with an army of regular staff bringing an even more homely feel to the surroundings. Dazzling Moroccan lamps, an unexpected 'faux-cave' interior and a host of exotic painted vistas give it a distinctive ‘70s holiday feel, but I love it all the more for that.
Perhaps I’m biased because I’m a regular. It’s hard to tear myself away from the scoff-worthy moussaka each time, even though the dish is rarely the same; it may arrive with the billed wheat rice, or a jumbo salad perhaps, or even chips (which are so unnecessary, given moussaka is the densest dish known to man and womankind). But I’ve had a bash at the Iskender (the Middle Eastern equivalent of lasagne, featuring buttered layers of pitta, spiced meat and yoghurt - so wrong, yet so right) and chicken shish (very nice indeed). The mezze starters are good, too.
Arguably, it's a bit naff; given the decor, and side salads containing the likes of raw pepper and downright irritating frisse. But anyone expecting micro greens or purple sprouting what-not can jog on to the posh ‘establishments’ further down Lordship Lane, where they’ll find pea shoots and fennel fronds in abundance.
Hisar is a firm family favourite, and you’ll struggle to spend over £45 between two here (including starters and booze). Efes is the house beer, and the Turkish red (£16 a bottle) is surprisingly quaffable. Both provide vivid opportunities for retro holiday reminiscence, without the threat of a, sunburn or b, ham, egg and chips on the menu.
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