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53 Love It

In an area woefully short of interesting dining options, Zara does what it needs to do to remain one of the better local choices for an evening out. The setting is certainly pleasant – with large french windows to let in the light, and shelves holding books and musical instruments – but the food on our visit was a mixed bag. Successes included böregi, the cigar-shaped pastry snacks filled with green lentils and onions, and the inegol köfte, a spice-spiked dish of minced lamb meatballs from north-western Turkey: we’ve rarely had meat so packed with flavour. But there were also failures. A tiny portion of tabouleh lacked lemon juice and oil making it too dry, and the chicken güveç needed more cinnamon, cumin, molasses or anything to give it more flavour, and perhaps some rice to soak it up. There’s a strong wine list and a larger than usual vegetarian menu, but service on our visit was a bit cheerless. Zara does the job if you’re in the area, though it doesn’t compare to London’s better Turkish restaurants.

Venue name: Zara
Address: 11 South End Road
Opening hours: Meals served noon-11.30pm daily
Transport: Tube: Belsize Park tube or Hampstead Heath rail
Price: Main courses £9-£15
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Average User Rating

4.9 / 5

Rating Breakdown

  • 5 star:20
  • 4 star:0
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  • 2 star:1
  • 1 star:0
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Staff Writer

Wonderful place. Their meze platter starter is fantastic and could be easily shared by two people as a main. Their mains include classics such as Shish kebab and Moussaka but you can also find less known Anatolian dishes on the menu. We usually finish our meal by having Baklava and Turkish coffee with some Raki so the Turkish feast is complete.

The staff is friendly although not as amazing as the food - but the ambience of the place makes up for that.

Louise O

Love this restaurant.. staff is so friendly, food amazing, prices excellent and atmosphere is cosy.. highly recommend :)

johana t

i have been a customer from when the restaurant opened, many years ago. it has never failed to deliver the best of hospitality and the best of food. For me it is home from home.

Jess S

Love it! Owner is super friendly and the food is really good. Looks like not much from outside but this really is a hidden gem.

Sandrine B

Wonderful place, Wonderful people! I really recommand this place in London ! Food is delicious and atmosphere so beautiful. I am a fan of Zara!

Jess S

Consistently good food and great relaxed atmosphere. This is the place to go for nights alone, nights with friends, anytime for great food and an informed discussion about life, philosophy, politics or a quick game of backgammon. Sanya is the best waitress and it feels like coming home. Couldn't recommend it enough

osvaldas s

The best food, great chess, wonderful atmosphere; i eat here all the time and its always good

Ashleigh T

Excellent service and very friendly relaxed atmosphere as well as fantastic, authentic food. Very fresh and lots of flavour. It's a favourite!


Delicious home-made turkish food, excellent and imaginative vegetarian stuff, friendly service, nice atmosphere, cheap wine, unpretentious. Perfect.


High expectations and very low quality. Very low quality Humus. This was probably the worst dish I had much better from a box.