The name of this popular local is derived from the Turkish for jug, but marinated lamb’s testicles are on the menu, along with much ocakba€ı-grilled offal. The walls are painted a moody orange and decorated with a mix of European and Middle Eastern trinkets. The mixed meze starter was superb, featuring enormous chunks of grilled halloumi, fresh-tasting dolma and rich, creamy houmous, plus a basket of warm bread to mop it up. All of which was a meal in itself, and perhaps should have been: köfte kebab was dry and over-seasoned. But we enjoyed the trinity of side dishes: tomato and onion salad, a fierce onion and chilli concoction and, best of all, chargrilled onions in pomegranate juice.
38 Stoke Newington High Street
|Opening hours:||Meals served 11am-midnight daily.|
|Transport:||Tube: Bus 149, 76, 67, 243|
|Price:||Main courses £3.10-£3.20. Set tea (Mon, Sat, Sun) £10.|
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Competition is tough among Turkish restaurants in N16 but Testi is ahead of the pack: beautifully seasoned and grilled meats, gigantic and very fresh salads, attentive service and a lovely atmosphere, much less cramped and hectic than (the also brilliant) Mangal 2. Portions are so generous that you may well discover the joy of Lamb Beyti for breakfast the next day. We eat there every other week and have never ever had a less than amazing experience. We've lived here 20 years and this is our favourite restaurant in Stoke Newington.
Best Turkish food in Stoke Newington (in my opinion). The Mixed grill is always very good but the Lamb ribs are a must try!!
The best Turkish/Kurdish Restaurant in East London. Grilled onions in pomegranate juice really is the best thing on the menu and they are free! Hipster with no taste buds can keep their Mangal.
Expensive, salads looked like they were made a few days ago, kebabs were over cooked, good and friendly service but it never makes up for bad food. Go to Mangal instead.
You MUST try the ribs .. It is the best Turkish restaurantin UK .. The Mezes , The salads are declicious ,.. Everything is so fresh ..