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Ignore the weather and the unpromising Lewisham Way location and readers say "you could actually be in Turkey" at this classic grill restaurant. Meze Mangal is certainly the district’s best Turkish eatery.
Its exterior may be scruffy and the wood-panelled dining room rather dated, but the prominent charcoal ocakbasi is where the action takes place. Start with meze (taramasalata, hoummos), salads and hot bread before exploring the fruits of the grill. A constant rotation of skewered delicacies sizzles away, absorbing the charcoal scent. Kebabs of cubed and minced lamb or chicken are
popular – best accompanied by Turkish wines or beer – although offal and fish dishes have admirers too. Meat-free options include vegetarian moussaka and various pide (Turkish pizza).