Eastern Turkey can be chilly in winter, and a little more warmth wouldn’t have gone amiss at this Finsbury Park Anatolian outpost. The guest-house dining room decor has a sombre authenticity. Customers huddled in jackets and coats at the restaurant’s shiny dark-brown pub-like tables gazed enviously at the Turkish men gathered around the barbecue at the front. Everyone’s here for the grills hot off the glowing coals. These are the real no-nonsense deal, with testicles, kidneys, liver and chicken wings as well as adana, sis and the usual kebab collection. There’s a children’s version of köfte; adult appetites have their work cut out doing justice to the mixed grill or quails. The main courses came with rice and a salad of tough tomatoes, cucumber, onions and parsley. Onions grilled in pomegranate juice with lashings of chilli and parsley are detour-worthy, but the mixed meze – the usual suspects, very salty and reminiscent of the industrial tubs that are frequently dished out to tourists – is only passable.
163 Blackstock Road
|Opening hours:||Meals served 11am-midnight daily.|
|Transport:||Tube: Arsenal tube|
|Price:||Main courses £7.50-£12.50. Set lunch £8.50 2 courses incl soft drink.|
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