There’s something of a perma argument over what is the ocakbasi to eat in in Dalston. One person’s Mangal, is another person’s Cirrik, which is another person’s Umut. We often opt for the latter, if only because elderly Turkish gentlemen have a habit of inviting us to sit down for soup at their table here and we like that). Umut 2000 is a no nonsense ocakbasi restaurant. The smells coming off the grill consistently make our stomach do somersaults and the lamb ribs are Dalston’s finest. Eat in or takeaway, you’ll never be anything less than delighted.
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The Duke of Richmond
The Duke of Richmond is pub and restaurant in Dalston making burgers and bar snacks worth travelling for.
Mangal 1 Ocakbasi
You can’t really go wrong when it comes to choosing a good Turkish spot in North London, but our favourite is Mangal Ocakbasi.
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Hovarda is a stunning Aegean (Greek / Turkish) restaurant in Soho with a good party vibe and very expensive OK tasting food.
19 Numara Bos Cirrik 2
Numara Bos Cirrik II is a reliably delicious old school Turkish ocakbasi restaurant that’s the sibling to Cirrik in Dalston.
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