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Red Art


It’s not easy finding Turkish breakfasts in London, but Red Art opens early and offers several versions of menemen, a hearty dish of scrambled eggs, tomatoes and green peppers, similar to the North African shakshouka. The sucuk (sausages) version comes in a large silver pan with a basket of bread – it’s a fantastic breakfast and good value at around £4.50. Balık ekmek, a grilled mackerel sandwich, is even harder to find in London, and we think this may be the only version. It might not be as fresh as the just-caught version sold along the banks of the Bosphorus, and it could do with some chilli and lemon, but it’s good enough to sate our cravings. Everything else we’ve tried on the menu has been unspectacular yet generously portioned and ludicrously cheap; the £6 meze sampler works as a light meal for two people. Staff can be a bit grumpy, but the mood lighting creates a pleasant atmosphere and the pavement seating is excellent for people-watching.

Venue name: Red Art
Address: 113 Kingsland High Street
E8 2PB
Opening hours: Meals served 10am-11pm Mon-Fri; 10am-midnight Sat
Transport: Tube: Dalston Junction or Daslton Kingsland rail
Price: Main courses £6.25-£12.50
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