There are two very different Anteplilers in north London. The Green Lanes branch is a straightforward, functional canteen, but this time we visited the Upper Street restaurant, which feels like it’s been lifted straight out of a lifestyle magazine. Blue neon mosaics on a black background, making the venue resemble an Ottoman-themed nightclub, are an acquired taste. Thankfully there’s nothing showy about the food, some of which originates in Gaziantep province, near the border with Syria. One south-eastern dish we haven’t seen elsewhere in London was a highlight: cig köfte combines raw lamb with bulgar wheat, chilli, garlic and parsley to fantastic effect. The vegetarian version of the dish made with lentils was almost as good, and we scooped up both with wonderfully light, puffy flatbread. We also loved Antepliler’s houmous: thick, creamy and enhanced by a sprinkling of sumac. Ali nazak, a main course of diced lamb with yoghurt and mashed smoked aubergine, had been correctly prepared, but we found the combination overwhelmingly rich. Lamb adana kebab, another recipe from Turkey’s south-east, was simple, well-proportioned and skilfully executed. The wine list is short and fairly predictable, but service is charming and the pre-theatre menu is an excellent deal. Impressive.
139 Upper Street
|Opening hours:||Meals served noon-11pm daily|
|Transport:||Tube: Angel tube or Highbury & Islington tube/rail|
|Price:||Main courses £9.50-£13.90. Set meal £19.50 3 courses|
Average User Rating
2.9 / 5
- 5 star:4
- 4 star:0
- 3 star:1
- 2 star:1
- 1 star:4
I tried this restaurant one afternoon on Saturday. The waitress was distinctly sour in manner, though very polite. I am not sure whether this was because I was a woman on my own, only ordered a starter with wine, or not of the same culture. She delivered free olives, dip and pitta bread. I refused the bread as I Iam Gluten free. She looked somewhat puzzled, but still very polite. By this point I felt a little uncomfortable. However, I decided to excuse her mannerism and stay. A Male waiter took over who was much more inviting and friendly in his approach. The two starters Imam biyldi ( cannot spell) nice but small liver and hummus - dry and nothing to shout out about . Pinot Grigio - one of the best I have had in Islington Decor - Beautiful
Decidedly average food - the hummus was dry, the stuffed wine leaves just tasted bad, and the borek was disappointing. Very slow and disinterested service. Will not return.
Based on a recommendation from a friend went to this restaurant last night with a friend. I have to say i had a very good meal. The mixed meze was delicious with a great variety of veggie and meaty bites we then shared the mixed grill which was a great portion and very tasty. The service was courteous and helpful. My one complaint would be the decor...
Don't be fooled- this is distinctly average turkish food. There are far better options around upper street, or stoke newington, or green lanes. The service is appalling and our mains were cold. AND the manager refused to speak to us, when we asked to raise it with him. AWFUL.
Such courtesy for just a coffee + being offered it on the house! Will be back soon to try the delights of the menu.
My local favourite, great service even when very busy. Consistently great food quality, go for the specials which are all tasty
Awful. Waited 15mins to be asked if we would like a drink. Ordered starters mine came out and was told my partners would be a few minutes waited 20minutes until we decided to leave not one waiter noticed we had food missing. The food I did have was good but the service really let them down.
fairly food good, but some reluctance to want to serve the pre theatre menu at 6.30pm. although not a direct 'no' but the menu wasn't offered, we had to ask and we were told it was small portions and there wasn't much time left; even though it finishes at 7pm. one of the waiters was quite solemn or dare I say miserable. we were in quite a large group so spent a fair amount of money...although no one to bid us farewell and thank us for our custom...did leave a tip but kind of regretted it.
Oh how we love this restaurant. Just don't want too many other people to know about it. If you do go though, the vegetarian mezze is to die for.
Went last night for mother day and was amazing!!! The service was incredible - our waiter was so so friendly and really keen to help us make our choice. The food was mouth watering and at less than £20 per person inc drinks,entrees,mains and coffess you cant go wrong. They provide complimentry bread and olives and they they also treated us to a free icecream since we brought our mum. o glad I live close as this place is now my new Local!! LOVED IT AND WOULD RECOMMEND IT TO EVERYONE!!n