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 Lanes, which eventually became the first branch of Gökyüzü. 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. “Awesome sharing platters” have been singled out, 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 yoghurtli 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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