Time Out says
A Turkish kebab joint and restaurant on Balham’s Bedford Hill.
Once upon a time, this site on Balham’s busy Bedford Hill was home to Marmaris, a scruffy but perfectly decent kebab shop. Its new occupant, Pasha Mangal, is smarter affair. Of sorts. I say ‘of sorts’ because you can still buy a takeaway doner from the front counter. Not only that, while the dining room has had a contemporary spruce-up, this has included a new flat-screen TV. There’s a limit to how upmarket a place can be with what sounds like Turkish MTV blaring from the telly, matching the ambience of a post-bev binge following a student club night.
The cooking is a seriously mixed bag. Of everything I ate, a plate of juicy chicken shish was best, especially as it came with crunchy red cabbage, fresh grated carrot, fluffy rice and an obligatory pickled chilli for an eminently reasonable £10.95. But the lamb shish, though generous in size, was oversalted and fatty; I’d rather a smaller portion of better-quality meat. It was the starters that were the biggest disappointment: the houmous had a good texture but was undeniably bland and came drizzled with a mediocre olive oil; there was decent flavour to the falafel but they were on the dry side; and baba ganoush, the celebrated smoked aubergine dip, had been padded out with other, cheaper vegetables. Service was sweet-natured and efficient, but Pasha Mangal will have to work a lot harder than this to win over the discerning locals of SW12.
3 Bedford Hill
|Price:||Dinner for two with drinks and service: around £60.|
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Users say (4)
Average User Rating
3.8 / 5
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We really like Pasha. It feels authentic in style, atmosphere and flavour. The food is great with a very reasonable corkage with BYOB. I have to disagree with the TO review: starters are very tasty and set up a good choice of mains all cooked over charcoal. Recommended.
This is my favourite resteraunt. Reasonable prices, fresh salad, lovely Turkish bread and excellent, lean chicken sheesh. I've tried a lot of kebab houses and this is one of the best for value/quality ratio in my opinion. FYI timeout reviewer the place is popular with the locals- you sound very stuck up
Got a take away of a chicken kebab, couldn't believe the small amount of salad in the box when I got home and about 3 pieces of chicken ! Perhaps some had fallen out? Anyhow won't be going back
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