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Brownswood Park

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.

Venue name: Yildiz
Address: 163 Blackstock Road
N4 2JS
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.

Average User Rating

4.2 / 5

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Yildiz serves some of the best Turkish meat dishes I've tasted. We've visited many times and highly recommend the lamb ribs, lamb shish and lamb liver - all of which are cooked to perfection. The decor is simple but the atmosphere is very friendly and the food is excellent for a local Turkish restaurant. We're so lucky to have it on our doorstep!


review is right - this is a mean spirited, small portioned, less than average Turkish restaraunt. The service is appalling and the prices greedy .


I live up the road from Yildiz and can't keep away from the place. I've eaten grills all over north London - and only the Dalston/Hackney ones are as good. This is an unkind, pompous review and completely off the mark.


To say the least I am disappointed with this review as I am off to what I deem the best TURKISH in town!!!


This neighborhood standby is a hidden gem but well worth the detour. Contrary to what this reviewer may think, the grilled meat at Yildiz is probably the most delicious I have tasted in London. The healthy portions, including scrumptious bread which is based in the juices of the barbecued meat, leave you full up and licking your lips. The non-pretentious surroundings are warmed by the friendliness of the staff and the glow of the grill. Excellent value for money and probably the best Turkish barbecue in London.

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