Restaurants, Turkish North Finchley
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In 1998, this spot won Best Budget Meal in Time Out’s Eating & Drinking Awards. Now it’s probably not even in the top four or five best budget meals within a 500-metre radius. Still, that’s more a reflection of the fierce competition from other Turkish joints nearby than anything else; the food here is still pretty decent.

The bustling canteen atmosphere that defines many Dalston grills is notably absent. At the front is a standard takeaway counter, but the restaurant is a smart affair these days. Both decor, menu and even name were updated in 2012: tripe soup (iskembe), once a house speciality, is no longer available, but there are still plenty of hot and cold meze and an abundance of grilled meats.


Venue name: Istanbul
Address: 880-882 high road
N12 9RH
Opening hours: Meals served noon-5am daily.
Transport: Tube: Dalston Kingsland rail/76, 149, 243 bus
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Most distressed experience in my life.. rude stuff

no manners. The whole experience was bad, the food was rubbish guessing

chief was in a bad mood. Not a family experience you want to experience. Stay away

I love this restaurant and its staff couldn't decide what to eat and they recommended iskender one of the greatest Turkish dishes I have tried in a long time with the yoghurt and tomato sauce its absolutely delicious 

we had a great weekend at the Istanbul restaurant we had Istanbul special platter where you get almost every kebab in the plate. after the food we carry on the party in the basement where they have a private function room well decorated and suitable for all occasions.

We had a delicious meal here, very reasonably priced and they stay open late. We had the mixed platter of starters and lamb shish, generous portion which they happily boxed up for us to take home when we couldn't finish.

I've been to this restaurant last sunday it was almost full we had the sarma lamb beyti which the one you see on the picture it was the best kebab i ever had, and my friend had traditional lamb doner which we've been told its made in the house daily it was delicious as well you should try this restaurant if you go to this area