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93-94 Wilton Road
“Quite a find among the tourist dross at the back of Victoria”, Kazan is all about Ottoman opulence – antique lamps and silk cushions may have given way to sleek contemporary looks, but the soft glow from teardrop-shaped lights and the privacy afforded by ornate screens create a seductively romantic atmosphere. The kitchen shows its class with a mix of Turkish family favourites and Ottoman-style specialities – so expect numerous hot and cold appetisers (try the ‘drunken’ calamari marinated in vodka), plus ‘fire grills’ and specialities ranging from hunkar begendi (stewed spiced lamb on smoked aubergine relish) to monkfish and prawn kebabs with bulgur and salad. To finish, check out delights such as dark chocolate ‘pyramids’ with pistachio ice cream or apricots stuffed with clotted cream and walnuts. At lunchtime, there are speedy set menus and mezze feasts to share – perfect with an ice-cold Efes beer.
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93-94 Wilton Road
Victoria Station 238m
Victoria Tube Station 489m
London Passport Office 244m
Apollo Victoria Theatre 363m
Mon-Sun 12N-10.30pm (Sun -9.30pm)
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Food + drink: 1
We went to Kazan for our work Christmas lunch and I hope that I never need to go again.
Whilst I appreciate its never easy dealing with big parties (about 50 of us went) if you can’t handle them maybe you shouldn’t take the bookings in the first place. Service was really poor – it took 4 hours to get through 3 courses, and despite having placed all the orders in advance (so it can’t have been a surprise what they needed to prepare) people using the two different menus received their lunches at completely different times; so half the table would have food and half be sat there with nothing.
The atmosphere wasn’t great; we were sat downstairs and the low ceilings, gaudy and tired décor, cramped space and it being too hot didn’t enhance the overall experience. I would grumble about the endless Christmas songs as well, but apparently one of our team supplied that playlist!
Food is mediocre if you want to be kind about it; personally I’m not sure it’s that good. Yes, I accept I’ve been spoiled through going to the likes of Petrus, Pollen Street Social etc but this was really quite grim. I started with mixed mezze, which seemed to be a bit of everything; which is fine as an idea, apart from there wasn’t much thought of how things would work together and it was all a bit cold and greasy with a funny aftertaste that lingered longer than you’d like. Main course was minced lamb with mash; I appreciate I’m not an expert on Turkish food, but to me that didn’t seem very traditional. We didn’t get asked how we wanted our lamb – apparently slightly overdone was the standard – the mash was too sloppy and the salad looked like a poor afterthought from the supermarket bargain bin. Dessert was by far the best bit; the baklava was perfectly decent, firm and chunky with a nice taste of rose, the mint tea it came with tasted a bit more like toilet cleaner.
Value for money is debatable – yes it was cheap, but if you hated most of it cheap doesn’t make it value. Last year we went to the Cinnamon club, it was no more expensive and was a far better experience.
Food + drink: 4
Although we were the first couple at lunch time. More people came in over the period we were there. The food was very good. First time at a Turkish restaurant. Plenty of choice to suit all tastes. Meal was well presented. We did not have a dessert so cannot comment. Will go again if in this area
A friend recommended this place so I went there to treat my friend for special occasion. They sat us right next to the door even there was some tables available. They rushed us to order. Main courses came pretty cold. I had to wait 5 mins to get someones attention to send it back. All staff was chatting around the bar and not caring about the customers at all. Table next to us was waiting for bottle of water for 10 mins.
After sending back my -charcoal grilled- food came back microwaved..! Tasted and felt like rubber. Nobody to complain for, no apologies.
Overall very bad experince..!
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