Restaurants, Turkish South Hackney
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It’s hard to miss the blinding orange interior of this, one of few family-friendly eating options along Broadway Market. Middle Eastern musical instruments, hookahs and light fixtures sculpted from gourds deck the walls, while summer sees the conservatory opening on to the rear verandah for alfresco dining away from the relentless hubbub of Saturday traders. The Mediterranean menu doesn’t stray far from its Turkish roots: a hot meze starter combined the familiar trio of falafel, houmous and tsatsiki with chunks of juicy halloumi and delectably light mücver (courgette and feta fritters). Tender grilled meats and stuffed aubergines made for simple but satisfying main courses, and the restaurant’s friendly, unpretentious vibe was bolstered by its relaxed and efficient staff.


Venue name: Cilicia
Address: 1 Broadway Market
E8 4PH
Opening hours: Meals served 9am-10pm daily.
Transport: Tube: London Fields rail/Bethnal Green tube then 106, 253 bus/26, 48, 55 bus
Price: Main courses £5-£7.50. Set lunch £6.95 2 courses incl soft drink.
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Decent food and fantastic ambience but for better cooking try stokey restaurants or cirrik in hackney central

L. Bartholomew

Three star reviews a bit harsh to my mind. I had a lovely time and would give it four stars for the kind of place it is. Not trying to hard, nothing with pretensions, just nice meze, friendly staff, gentle buzz, and the place is much bigger than it looks from the outside -- with options to dine inside, almost outside, and covered outside. I had a lovely evening. Would recommend for a nice chilled evening with friends :)