Variety is the spice of life, unless you’re artists Gilbert and George, who eat here every night and have done for years. We saw them arrive at 8pm, sit at their favourite table, and ask for exactly what they’d been eating every night for the past few weeks (our waiter revealed they do intermittently try something new). Perhaps the duo should check out some local alternatives, as Mangal II isn’t quite at the top of its game. The bread looked the part, thin and lightly crusted, but was lukewarm, didn’t taste fresh and arrived alone – the izgara sogan (grilled onions with pomegranate juice) you get for free elsewhere on Kingsland Road costs £4.95 here. More disappointingly, tavuk tava (pan-fried chicken) was tepid and chewy. The Mangal special main (baked aubergine with spinach, potatoes, peppers, tomatoes and cheese) was generously portioned and not oily, but also lukewarm. At least the doner kebab succeeded. This is one of the few proper restaurants to serve the much-maligned dish, and it’s done well, with high-quality lamb steak and minimal grease. However, Mangal II needs a bit more spark – and much more heat – to compete, although some customers will doubtless keep dining here regardless.
|Venue name:||Mangal II||Contact:|
4 Stoke Newington Road
|Opening hours:||Meals served noon-12.45am Mon-Sat; noon-11.45pm Sun|
|Transport:||Tube: Dalston Kingsland rail or bus 76, 149, 243|
|Price:||Main courses £6.95-£15.45. Set lunch (noon-4pm Mon-Fri) £9.95 2 courses incl soft drink|
Average User Rating
2.8 / 5
- 5 star:2
- 4 star:0
- 3 star:0
- 2 star:1
- 1 star:2
We went in 2pm Bank holiday Monday 5 May. We got seated, but were then ignored even though it was very quiet. As they didn't seem interested in serving us (waiter was busy clearing out a cupboard) we left and had a lovely meal at 19 Numara Boş Cirrik instead. A shame really as I had had fond memories of this place.
Should be 0 stars as I didn't get anything, but I have to give 1 star.....
After a bad experience at the nearby Viva, we decided to explore this restaurant, with the grill in the back catching our attention. Notice, if you are sensitive to smoke, don't go near. THey have a charcoal barbeque in the back and when cooking lamb (which is most of the mains) it gets quite smokey all over the place. That said, one of the best middle eastern restaurantes I've been to. We ordered 2 starters each which were so plentiful that we didn't order any mains! Service can be slowish at times, but it's worth the wait. Lively enviroment, and quite a show to see the grill guys take care of your food. Definetely worth a try!
I have always gone to Cirrik down the road but wanted to try out this one for a comparison. It fell short. The starters were small and not worth the money. Bread had not been slathered in meat juice like they do at Cirrik. Then the main course - there are no extras. At Cirrik you get two onion dishes and salad. This was just very basic and my partner got served up the wrong dish. It was also quite pricey. Service was slow and by the time condiments reached us we had finished our meal. I think they could work on a few things. Not awful but no where near as good as Cirrik.
Well, I'm a regular here and for good reason. The meat is always succulent, flavoursome and in very generous portions. The staff are often friendly and attentive, though admittedly during the weekends it does become heavily packed. I have tried many other local places and Mangal 2 seems to have the right consistency going. I strongly recommend the reasonable Set Meal which has a bit of everything.