Gökyüzü

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Large, utilitarian – and the gobsmacking go-to venue for prodigious portions of excellent cooking in London’s main Turkish neighbourhood.

If our informal poll of passers-by on Green Lanes is anything to go by, Gökyüzü is the go-to place for Turkish food in London’s main Turkish neighbourhood. This large, utilitarian restaurant (it doubled in size some years ago) is consistently the busiest place on the strip. It’s clear why: the prices are low, the cooking is excellent, and the portions are generous bordering on reckless. We were almost sated after demolishing a basket of bread cooked in the wood-fired oven and a huge ‘small’ mixed meze dish – highlights being a sprightly kısır loaded with mint and spring onion, a haydari rich with dill, and a fresh-tasting soslu patlıcan (grilled aubergine with tomato sauce). The mains were exceptional. Sarma tavuk beyti featured no less than 15 large pieces of spicy minced chicken wrapped in lavash bread, slathered in tomato sauce and served with yoghurt and pilaf rice. Güveç (lamb and aubergine casserole) had been stewed to tender perfection in an earthenware pot. Service tends to be rushed and the wine list is short (there are only five whites), but you wouldn’t come here for a leisurely drink. Food is the thing at Gökyüzü.

 

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Venue name: Gökyüzü
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Address: 26-27 Grand Parade
London
N4 1LG
Opening hours: Meals served 9am-12.30am daily
Transport: Tube: Harringay or Harringay Green Lanes rail
Price: Main couses £6.90-£14.50
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Adam G
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Amazing value, never a disappointment and certainly the best Turkish food on Green Lanes, which in that area is full of tough competition.

@rattyboom
tastemaker

Having grown up in Greece, I grew accustomed to a jug of water, a basket of warm fresh bread, a tzatziki and a salad being brought to me, without asking and for free, as soon as I sat down in a restaurant. It is considered a cultural norm to greet your diners in such a way before they are ready to order. It was also customary to assume they'd be there for perhaps the whole day - no pressuring them to pay, or glaring at them to leave. Simple yet impactful service skills that made you feel comfortable and welcome.


When I first moved to London I remember thinking how abrasive and impersonal eating out was; where was my welcome bread to snack on as I perused the menu? Where was my, not glass, but jug of water that I had to ask for three times? And why was I afraid to put my knife and fork down in case I'd unintentionally signal my having finished and for the waiter to try and clear my plate away? Things that now I am used to, but still do not like about some of the busy city life restaurants. 


That is, until I first stumbled upon Gokyuzu, a Turkish restaurant in N8. I lived in the Harringay/Hornsey area for 8 years and am proud to say I was one of their original patrons and fans. Admittedly, I have been pretty useless in trying a range of things off of the menu; the large or jumbo sharing platters have always been my go to for a more than affordable, high volume, high quality dinner with friends. However many people they say the platter feeds, add at least one more person to that as you are confronted with a mountain, yes a mountain, of different cuts of chicken, beef and lamb atop mounds of tomato bulgar wheat (to die for) and fluffy lemon rice. And if you are unable to finish fear not, as it is more than normal for you to doggy bag the leftovers for a snack later on. I have friends who prefer meat off of the bone, and so have more than enjoyed the range of lamb mince pides and kebabs, and vegetarian friends who have found more than enough options to fill them up also.


In summary, no matter where you live in London, the trek to Gokyuzu, on Green Lanes, will not disappoint and this echoes not only my opinions, but those of the countless friends and relatives I have taken there over the years that still go on about it today. My only advice, try to not eat too much of that free on-arrival salad, bread and cacik (Turkish tzatziki) so you've got plenty of room left for a meal you won't soon forget!





Lu
tastemaker

Seriously good food, unbelievable value for money (meal for 4x with drinks was under £80) and lovely staff. I really couldn't recommend here enough and it is definitely worth trecking out to Harringey for! Great for a group of friends or on a date night.

em f

Amazingly tasty food and very cheap. Great with kids, families and big groups of friends

Telmo M
tastemaker

Good place but unfortunately is closed at the moment. Still you can come to this area and try different ones. Always good

Alexander N

Great food, fantastic service, and at a superb price. Looking forward to the newly refurbished restaurant opening next week.

Anna H

Best Turkish place on the ladder! Free salad and bread,plus decent cheap wine!

Jade S

Enormous portion of juicy grilled meat, very friendly atmosphere. Very value for money!

Clare H

Always packed and deservedly so. Probably still the best of Green Lanes's many Turkish eateries.

Simon W

Really nicely prepared grilled meats when we went, also very fast and efficient service. Would definitely recommend.

JamesBarker82
tastemaker

It's always named one the cheapest restaurants in London but thus green lanes classic is perfect for a affordable meal. The staff are friendly and the queue is always out of the door and you can see why.

Make sure you book and have the platter if you can they are huge.

Bronwen G

So we just arrived in London from Aus and have just moved to Manor House. Check out Timeout for somewhere cheap and delicious locally and stumbled across this little gem! Just went there now and oh my god the reviews live up to the reality! Super busy but we got a table pretty easily, food was sensational, portions were ridiculous, the service was amazing and of course the food didn't disappoint. We had to roll ourselves back home. Five stars all the way! 

Cynthia F
tastemaker

Ok I'm going to be honest with you, there is ALWAYS a big queue when I go there (around the evenings) but trust me when I say not only is it worth the wait, but the service is impeccable once you have a table.

There is a lot of Turkish restaurants to choose from in the area but I would 100% recommend this one. I was really impressed with the portion sizes and the little differences that set it apart

Lucy Loo
Tastemaker

I can't believe it took me over four years of living in North London before I tried Turkish food on Green Lanes! This place is absolutely spot on... it's always busy, amazing value for money and the food is delicious and very authentic. The only place to go for Turkish food in London.

Dave C

Excellent Turkish food, with a great family atmosphere too - more proof that Green Lanes is the superior destination for Turkish food in London over Dalston (which has some great spots too).

Esther J
Staff Writer

My absolute favourite Turkish restaurant. Traditional family run joint, where the waiters never get flustered even though the place is bursting at the seams.

You get so much bang for your buck here, and the chicken is of outstanding quality. Go hungry as it’s one for a feast!

Carolina B

Harringay has lots to thank to the Turkish community living there - nice groceries and restaurants, opened late hours. Gokyuzu is a classic of the Turkish food in the area. Affordable and nhami.

Lucy

My favourite Turkish in Green Lanes - bustling atmosphere and great value.

James A
moderatorStaff Writer

Love this place, yet to see anyone finish the massive mixed platter!

FILIZ TAYLAN YUZAK

Gokyuzu is one of the two Turkish restaurants I visit regularly on Green Lanes, Haringey. The meat, the free mixed salad and the often free tea (smelling of cloves) are really nice. The prices are low. I recommend the mixed kebab for 3 people. The only bad side is that they bring the bill to your table without you asking it, because it's so crowded. You can also take-away. I'd say don't go on a Saturday night because it's over-crowded and the kebab may not as good as usual. Go on a weekday evening or Sunday (for lunch or dinner). It has a really noisy atmosphere so it's not ideal for romance, but here is good enough with friends and family.