Its 15 years of service make Gallipoli an old timer on Upper Street, where competition is fierce. The Aladdin’s Cave decor and easy-going atmosphere are both reasons to return, but it’s the menu that most encourages repeat visits. Turkish and Lebanese cuisines combine in flavour-packed plates of spankingly fresh food. Main course-sized dishes are available (mostly grilled meats on pitta with yoghurt and the restaurant’s ‘special sauce’), but the best tip is to order a tableful of the inexpensive and delicious mezze – spicy Turkish sausage, börek (pastries stuffed with minced beef and pine kernels, or potato and leek), imam bayildi (melt-in-the-mouth stuffed aubergine) and creamy hoummos with baskets of fresh Turkish bread. To drink, there’s a gluggable house red at £11.95, a Châteauneuf-du-Pape for only £24.95, or Turkish Efes Pilsen.