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.


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Iznik says
Welcome to the splendours of Iznik. A culinary journey through art and history, with sublime decor comprising captivating artefacts from Turkey, each chosen with the utmost care and attention to detail.

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 homemade 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.
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Venue name: Iznik
Address: 19 Highbury Park
N5 1QJ
Opening hours: Meals served 10.30am-11pm daily
Transport: Tube: Highbury & Islington tube/rail or bus 4, 19, 236
Price: Main courses £8.25-£13.95

Average User Rating

2.7 / 5

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Wonderful authentic food which feels like home cooking, excellent service with friendly staff. A great neighbourhood restaurant altogether!


Excellent in food, drinks and service, a nice surprise a bit of the beaten track