The menu here includes such authentically Turkish dishes as ‘ribeye steak with chunky fries’. On seeing this we were tempted to quietly slip away, but ended up glad we’d stayed – the cooking is as hearty, homely and authentic as anything on Green Lanes. As one of London’s few upmarket Turkish restaurants, Kazan is perhaps trying too hard to justify its existence. There are no doner kebabs in sight, and the flowers on tables, lavish furnishings, champagne cocktails and individual hand towels in toilets aren’t found at many other Turkish eateries – but the food is far from dainty or fussy. As we discovered when our pan-fried calf’s liver hit our table, it’s served in vast portions. This 17th-century Ottoman street food had a deep, earthy flavour offset by the sweetness of parsley and sumac. The Kazan special was an epic dish: a vast portion of lamb shish, lamb köfte and chargrilled chicken, all outstandingly prepared and served with spicy salsa and yoghurt. Equally good was hünkar begendi, stewed lamb in an impossibly rich, creamy aubergine mash, spiked with spring onions and spicy tomato sauce. Prices are perhaps 25% higher than elsewhere, but for the extra focus on service, presentation and comfort, it’s worth it.
93-94 Wilton Road
|Opening hours:||Lunch served noon-3pm Mon-Fri; noon-4.30pm Sat, Sun. Dinner served 5.30-10pm Mon-Sat; 5.30pm-9.30pm Sun|
|Transport:||Tube: Victoria tube/rail|
|Price:||Main courses £12.95-£21. Set meal £14.95 2 courses. Set meze £13.95-£16.50|
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Our favourite local restaurant for 13 years since the day it opened - we have never had less than a fantastic meal there, and the service is always impeccable. The mixed meze platters are a great way to try lots of different and delicious things and the Lady's Thighs are to die for! I can't recommend it enough!
What an experience! I phoned for a table very last min and they did their best to accommodate us. The food was delicious and beautifully presented. We went with the waitress' recommendations and she was spot on. Only thing was service was a little slow, but to be fair it was Friday night and totally rammed so we'll let it slide ;)