Restaurants , Turkish Harringay
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Rob Greig

Set on one of London’s more diverse commercial streets, this enterprise has proven so successful that it now stretches to three separate operations in the space of four store-fronts: a low-key café frequented almost exclusively by Turkish men; a pâtisserie offering baklava, house-made ice-cream (try the creamy turkish delight variety) and other sugary goodness; and this larger-than-it-looks restaurant, always humming with custom from a wide variety of diners.

The menu covers all the Turkish basics, mostly with success. Starters include a richly flavoured, slightly fatty kelle paca (lamb soup), tempting lahmacun, the standard dips and other, unabashedly basic goodies: sahanda sucuklu yumurta, for instance (eggs and turkish sausage baked in a weighty oven dish).

The restaurant is famed for its pide pizzas, and ours was decent enough: not too doughy and generously topped. But you’re better off with the speciality tava stews (at least if you can spare the 30-45 minutes the kitchen takes to cook them) or the grilled meats: the chicken is fine, but the lamb sis and lamb beyti are better bets. Prices are low and service is excellent.

For a more smarter experience, head to the nightclubby, chandelier-lit Upper Street branch.

Venue name: Antepliler
Address: 46 Grand Parade
N4 1AG
Cross street: Green Lanes
Transport: Tube: Manor House tube/29 bus
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