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© Rob Greig
Time Out rating:
Time Out says
Tue Jun 12 2012
Can you judge a restaurant by its decor? Mangal II’s red interior walls certainly suit the intense atmosphere of the place. With tables packed like lily pads on a pond, waiters stretch awkwardly behind diners’ backs to lay down plates. For some this might feel like ‘buzz’; others will prefer the quieter basement space.
A mixed meze seemed rather pick ’n’ mix, with a powerful tarama heaped next to kısır, houmous, a rich cacık, çalı fasulye (green beans in tomato sauce) and a couple of tired, stuffed vine leafs. A tweaked arrangement was served to another table.
Arnavut cigeri can be a wonderful, spiky battle between raw onion and sticky liver, but here the meat had been cooked timidly. The crunchy salad accompanying a delicious çöp sis kebab was excellent, as was the abundant warm bread. Yogurtlu lamb beyti – cubed bread and meat slathered in rich tomato sauce (and even richer yoghurt) – was as pleasingly rib-sticking as it should be. All the four vegetarian dishes are aubergine-based, but there are also simple grilled mackerel and sea bass options.
Mangal II London
020 7254 7888
- Opening hours:
Meals served noon-1am Mon-Sat; noon-midnight Sun
Tube: Dalston Kingsland rail or 76, 149, 243 bus
Main courses £8.45-£15.45
- 020 7254 7888
- Mangal II
Eating and drinking facilities. Restaurant and bar facilities. Take away. Reservations required