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.
We offer home cooking at its best. A Turkish treasure in the heart of Highbury Barn, embodying all the fascinating tastes of Turkish cuisine. We are a huge source of inspiration to other venues offering Middle Eastern and Mediterranean cuisine.
Iznik can proudly claim to being among the first to introduce certain items to London, including pomegranate juice - now a regular commodity on supermarket shelves.
We also serve organic English breakfasts with free-range products provided by celebrated local butchers, offered alongside nutritious Turkish breakfasts and egg dishes, sublime mezze and freshly squeezed fruit juices. We challenge you not to be impressed by our home-made organic yoghurt, too.
Our succulent main courses include a divine house creation - our gorgeous 'salad Iznik'. Also look out for a mouthwatering gavurdagi salad and the genuine sophistication of the ayva tatlisi - poached quince enriched with sour cherry confiture and served with crème fraîche.
For dessert try our sutlac - a simple, smooth and soothing rice pudding. Or our ekmek kadayifi - a simply sensational bread pudding.