The menu here includes such authentically Turkish dishes as ‘ribeye steak with chunky fries’. On seeing this we were tempted to quietly slip away, but ended up glad we’d stayed – the cooking is as hearty, homely and authentic as anything on Green Lanes. As one of London’s few upmarket Turkish restaurants, Kazan is perhaps trying too hard to justify its existence. There are no doner kebabs in sight, and the flowers on tables, lavish furnishings, champagne cocktails and individual hand towels in toilets aren’t found at many other Turkish eateries – but the food is far from dainty or fussy. As we discovered when our pan-fried calf’s liver hit our table, it’s served in vast portions. This 17th-century Ottoman street food had a deep, earthy flavour offset by the sweetness of parsley and sumac. The Kazan special was an epic dish: a vast portion of lamb shish, lamb köfte and chargrilled chicken, all outstandingly prepared and served with spicy salsa and yoghurt. Equally good was hünkar begendi, stewed lamb in an impossibly rich, creamy aubergine mash, spiked with spring onions and spicy tomato sauce. Prices are perhaps 25% higher than elsewhere, but for the extra focus on service, presentation and comfort, it’s worth it.
93-94 Wilton Road
|Opening hours:||Lunch served noon-3pm Mon-Fri; noon-4.30pm Sat, Sun. Dinner served 5.30-10pm Mon-Sat; 5.30pm-9.30pm Sun|
|Transport:||Tube: Victoria tube/rail|
|Price:||Main courses £12.95-£21. Set meal £14.95 2 courses. Set meze £13.95-£16.50|
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Average User Rating
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The food was nice but I will not be visiting again. The restaurant was not particularly busy but the two of us were seated by the door. We were rushed to pay our bill and hustled out of the restaurant an hour after arriving. We were asked to pay repeatedly. I asked if they needed the table and they said yes. There was no queue at the door and there were several empty tables around us. No other customers were being asked to pay and leave. Our meal came to £55 for two so wasn't cheap yes we were treated like we were not paying customers. I live locally but would not visit again after this dreadful treatment.
This is our favourite restaurant in all of London. We have been going back for 15 years, even since we moved out of the area, and will continue to go. Its food, service and ambience is second to none in our opinion.
Fantastic Turkish restaurant serving delicious food with passion and flair. A wonderful place to go with friends. A warm and very atmospheric setting. Great staff and service too.
Our favourite local restaurant for 13 years since the day it opened - we have never had less than a fantastic meal there, and the service is always impeccable. The mixed meze platters are a great way to try lots of different and delicious things and the Lady's Thighs are to die for! I can't recommend it enough!
What an experience! I phoned for a table very last min and they did their best to accommodate us. The food was delicious and beautifully presented. We went with the waitress' recommendations and she was spot on. Only thing was service was a little slow, but to be fair it was Friday night and totally rammed so we'll let it slide ;)