The name of this traditional Turkish on Dalston’s bustling Kingsland High Street hints at its kitsch interiors – once inside, guests are greeted by stone-like walls which reference the rock formations of Turkey’s Cappadocia region.
Other design touches that help to transport you to the Middle East including glass lanterns hanging from the ceiling, red leather chairs and dark wood tables. Stone Cave’s interior also opens out onto a street patio, which features a smattering of tables for alfresco dining when the weather allows. The restaurant prides itself on offering classical Turkish cuisine (with a few contemporary flourishes), including mezze and meats cooked on a charcoal grill.
Kickstart your meal with a selection of cold and hot mezze – think babaganoush or tabbouleh, alongside deep-fried mozzarella served with a sweet chilli dip and calamari dipped in tartar sauce. For the main event, choose between the likes of chicken shish kebab or lamb ribs, all of which are accompanied by helpings of rice and salad.
You can bulk out your meal with side orders of sautéed potatoes, broccoli with chilli and almond or halloumi salad, while desserts see a mixture of the classic and contemporary: homemade baklava is served with cinnamon ice cream while a chocolate brownie is drizzled with raspberry sauce.
Set menus at decent prices and a casual weekend brunch featuring omelettes, wraps and paninis are further reasons to visit this slice of Turkey in East London.