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Venue says: Weekdays: 20% discount on the bill (excl. Arsenal matchdays). Or three courses with a glass of prosecco, wine or fruit juice - £45 for two.
You can’t say the husband-and-wife team behind Iznik haven’t made an effort: almost every inch of this cute neighbourhood restaurant has been filled with lanterns, plants, traditional clothing and beautiful tablecloths. There are Turkish star and crescent symbols carved into the chairs and a portrait of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk perched by the entrance. It’s all just about the right side of chintzy – and it’s pretty clear that just as much attention has been directed towards the food. The starters were on the small side, but lamb börek benefited from ethereally light pastry, cacik pulled a spicy punch, and calamares was crisp, light and not in the least chewy. Chicken shish, again a bit small, was adequate but the hünkar begendi (lamb stew with aubergine sauce) glowed; the sauce was spectacularly thick, creamy and luscious, and the meat fell apart at the prod of a fork. Iznik’s wine list is well-chosen and helpfully descriptive; there’s Efes beer on tap; and while service was disconcertingly silent throughout our meal, we found the Northern Cypriot owners very friendly when engaged in conversation. Recommended.