Still the best restaurant in South London. Impressive food, fantastic service, charming owners. We go time and time again.
Time Out rating:
Time Out says
Posted: Thu Jan 28 2010
Low key, but with a tremendous following, Meze Mangal is owned by brothers Sahin and Ahmet Gok. They’ve clearly made no serious attempt to decorate their unassuming restaurant: there are no posters, no paintings, nothing. The dining area is a simple room with tables and chairs and a massive charcoal grill, and thankfully this grill consistently delivers the goods. The tavuk beyti is a delight: a lean, slightly blackened minced chicken kebab, firmly seasoned with garlic and parsley, and served with yoghurt and salad. Our patlıcan kebab took 40 minutes to prepare (we were forewarned), but it was worth the wait. The minced lamb was flecked with the red of chilli and delivered a spicy kick, while the aubergine melted in the mouth. The meze was standard fare: a tarama salad was fresh-tasting and generously portioned, and the kisir benefited from the crunch of crushed hazelnuts – not usually found in the dish. Service is efficient, prices are reasonable and portion sizes are big. Another bonus is the large number of Turkish bottles on the wine list: a rarity in London. This is easily the best Turkish restaurant in the area, and it is comparable to many places on Green Lanes.
Meze Mangal 245 Lewisham Way
Average User Rating
4.4 / 5
- 5 star:13
- 4 star:0
- 3 star:1
- 2 star:1
- 1 star:1
Heard a lot of good things about this place, unfortunately I cannot say the same myself. It seems as if you have to book a table in order to get decent service or even a smile as my partner and I were greeted with a blank stare when we said we had not reserved. The host/waiter was extremely rude and seem disinterested in us the entire time, continously serving others that arrived after us before he would even consider us. Our starters arrived before our drinks (literally a minute after we ordered them which seems a bit dodgy) and when we politely mentioned about our missing drinks, this particular host/waiter could only blankly stare back and nod, no apology or any sign of concern. The food was good, but slightly overpriced and there is another very nice Turkish restaurant in New Cross that serves just as nice food for a cheaper price and a much, much friendlier service. Needless to say we won't be going back. Wish I had gotten the name of that waiter, he was absolutely awful! I'm sure we would have enjoyed the experience much more had we not been served by him
I decided to bring my parents here for a quick lunch today, based on the good reviews posted on TimeOut. We were not disappointed. Originally, we were served by a most helpful gentleman who bent over backwards to make our meal as good as possible, including after I asked whether there was yeast in the pide (which there was) bringing me a basket of unleavened 'lewasa', which was yeast free and specially for me to enjoy with our humus starter. The garlic prawns to start were amazing, seriously tasty, and the minced chicken and minced lamb kebabs were superb with delicious yoghurt to accompany. I made a point of picking up a take away menu when we paid the bill and asked the original gentleman's brother, who had taken over, if it would be possible to have a pide take away using yeast free dough. The nice man scurried away to ask the kitchen and confirmed exactly what I needed to ask for over the phone. I can't recommend this place highly enough and will be back very soon.
Absolutely amazing food! We have the shared starter which had amazing homemade dips and salads with gorgeous hot homemade bread. We have chicken and lamb dishes which came which different salads. We couldn't manage anything else as we were so stuffed. Staff were very friendly .
We always love eating here as a group, we just love the atmosphere, menu, and the fact that you can see your meal being prepared and to smell all the wonderful aromas it just works
We are locals to this place and, despite trying other turkish restaurants within the area, this is the best by a mile! The service is consistently brilliant - all the staff are kind, attentive and go over and above to make you happy. The food is fresh, tasty and authentic, with a great selection of pide or kebabs which are chargrilled right in front of you. They strike a unique balance - the reason you leave so stuffed is not just because the portion is generous, but because you do not want to leave a single crumb. This is a real gem right in the heart of Lewisham - from its authentic turkish coffee to its wonderful homemade breads and humus, this place has the details bang on. I just cannot fault it, I really can't.
This is the worst food and service we have ever had. the staff was really ignorant rude... Avoid to go there mc Donald will be much better for your stomach and mind.
Can.t get enough of this place, great food and the owner....well he made me and my girlfriend feel very special, cant recomend this place highly enough. Ok im gonna book again now.....
great food, however as we finished our lovely food with in five mins the little man who runs the place kindly told us to leave because other diners were waiting for the table not a good move for!!!
Excellent. We booked a table for 4. Great choice of food which all arrived at our table promptly and it was all extremely tasty! Large portions, very friendly staff, reasonably priced. What more could a hungry person want?