Restaurants, Turkish Highbury
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You can’t say the husband-and-wife team behind Iznik haven’t made an effort: almost every inch of this cute neighbourhood restaurant has been filled with lanterns, plants, traditional clothing and beautiful tablecloths. There are Turkish star and crescent symbols carved into the chairs and a portrait of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk perched by the entrance. It’s all just about the right side of chintzy – and it’s pretty clear that just as much attention has been directed towards the food. The starters were on the small side, but lamb börek benefited from ethereally light pastry, cacik pulled a spicy punch, and calamares was crisp, light and not in the least chewy. Chicken shish, again a bit small, was adequate but the hünkar begendi (lamb stew with aubergine sauce) glowed; the sauce was spectacularly thick, creamy and luscious, and the meat fell apart at the prod of a fork. Iznik’s wine list is well-chosen and helpfully descriptive; there’s Efes beer on tap; and while service was disconcertingly silent throughout our meal, we found the Northern Cypriot owners very friendly when engaged in conversation. Recommended.



Venue name: Iznik
Address: 19 Highbury Park
N5 1QJ
Opening hours: Meals served 10.30am-11pm daily
Transport: Tube: Highbury & Islington tube/rail or bus 4, 19, 236
Price: Main courses £8.25-£13.95
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Iznik is a place to visit if you like your Turkish food. This is a place that takes pride in what it serves. With home made yogurt and other fresh ingredients is what makes for a stand out meal at this little eatery. It has no surprises and serves a selection of dips,dolma,kebab,fish and the like but everything has their own twist. After a chat with the owner he has a tale or two about the folk who have dined here and the things the restaurant has achieved. Claiming to have been the muse to such places as Ottolenghi and ,another local fave, Gallipoli. You can tell that there may be some truth to it,it does use a hec of a lot of pomegranate, there are trinkets that do echo all of the Gallipoli's of Upper Street fame. The one thing Iznik has is its absolute authenticity. It is run by an old husband and wife couple and they do think up new dishes all the time and they do take the time to see if you enjoyed your meal and actually want to know. These things make this place precious, in a time where selling a cookbook alongside your cuisine was not a concern or franchising your business so it dominates the whole of Upper Street. For this reason, book a table at Iznik and taste some authentic Turkish food. Reasonably priced too btw. They have also just launched a Cypriote breakfast menu, which I am looking forward to trying. Thumbs up all round! 

Great food and lovely service. This place really stands out from other Mediterranean/Turkish restaurants around Islington area. The restaurant is owned and run by a husband & a wife and they have clearly put a lot of love and effort into the restaurant and food. Would definitely recommend!

Fabulous Turkish delight of a restaurant... Food is amazing and amazing value, local flavour even better

Wonderful authentic food which feels like home cooking, excellent service with friendly staff. A great neighbourhood restaurant altogether!

Excellent in food, drinks and service, a nice surprise a bit of the beaten track