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Pasha Mangal

Restaurants, Turkish Balham
2 out of 5 stars
4 out of 5 stars
(4user reviews)

Time Out says

2 out of 5 stars

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.


Address: 3 Bedford Hill
SW12 9ET
Transport: Tube: Balham
Price: Dinner for two with drinks and service: around £60.
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Users say (4)

4 out of 5 stars

Average User Rating

3.8 / 5

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They have re-opened. They were just refurbishing it. Great,fresh and tasty food. Real Mangal

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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