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Best Turkish Restaurants in London: 9 Drool-worthy Spots

Best Turkish Restaurants in London: 9 Drool-worthy Spots

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Looking for the best Turkish restaurants in London? Forget Istanbul, London is filled with plenty of fabulous Turkish spots serving up mouthwatering dishes.

While there are many cool and quirky restaurants in London for you to try, these eateries boast some of the best Turkish food in London. 

The country’s nickname is the ‘land of four seasons’ – and, fortunately, this refers to its weather and not the abundance of spices and recipes that have been perfected over thousands of years. 

So, if your Turkish cuisine knowledge limits you to baklava and kebabs, it might be time to branch out to the nine best Turkish London restaurants.

Best Turkish Restaurants in London

Atesh 

Croydon

Atesh is one of the best restaurants on Croydon’s High Street, fusing traditional recipes with a modern touch – and doing so exceptionally well. 

It has a contemporary design filled with exposed brick, black metal and sophisticated chandeliers complimented by dim lighting. 

Atmosphere aside, the food is equally excellent. This Turkish restaurant in south London offers a varied menu of traditional dishes with modern plating. 

While all of their dishes are amazing, we recommend that you opt for their mezze platters to share with the table for various dishes – of which, the chicken shish always go down well.

Gökyüzü

Waltham Forest

Gokyuzu is a Turkish restaurant in north London that is open seven days a week until late. 

It’s a family restaurant that serves traditional food from their own grandmother’s kitchen – so expect fresh and chargrilled dishes like slow-cooked meats and vegetable mezze platters.

A traditional Kahvalti or Turkish breakfast is an integral part of the day… and that’s why Gökyüzü serves it every day with homemade wood-fired bread from 8 am to 4 pm. Pair this with Turkish tea or coffee, and you’re ready to face the day ahead.

We think that it might just be the best Turkish restaurant north London boasts.

Mangal 2 

Dalston

Among all of the brown and grey buildings in the Dalston area in East London, you’ll find the royal blue doors of Mangal 2. This burst of colour is a welcomed introduction to the burst of flavours you’ll get from this family-owned restaurant.  

This restaurant offers a Turkish menu but modernises it and tweaks it to fit a western palate. This means you’ll find dishes like Italian bottarga and Turkish kofte on one menu. 

This is an excellent restaurant for anyone less adventurous who’s looking to dip their toes into Mediterranean cuisine – the rib of retired dairy cow being a delicious case in point.

Black Axe Mangal

Islington

After the pandemic lockdowns, this hip restaurant reopened with a new tongue-in-cheek name. It is also known as F.K.A.B.A.M (Formerly Known As Black Axe Mangal).

Whichever name you know this spot by, we can all agree that Black Axe Mangal is one of the best Turkish restaurants in north London in terms of atmosphere and food. 

Expect loud rock music blasting from the speakers and quirky twists on Turkish flavours, like the delicious squid ink flatbread. Though, if the flame grilled pork collar makes its way onto the menu, you better order it.

Note: Their menu changes every Saturday, so keep an eye on their Instagram page for updates.

Kibele

Westminster

Turkey has a large population of Muslim residents, which means there are a few halal Turkish restaurants in London. 

If you’re in the Westminster area, stop by Kibele for a bite (or two) to eat. They offer traditional lunch and dinners with an inclusive vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free menu. We particularly love the spicy chicken skewers, served with rice and salad.

This is one of the best Turkish restaurants in central London and also has a lounge on the lower ground floor. Here, you’ll be able to dine with a backdrop of Turkish dancers, musicians, singers, and DJs.

Oklava 

Shoreditch

The Shoreditch area is one of the trendiest areas in London, with lots of fun street art and stylish restaurants. So, it’s no wonder you’ll find the contemporary Oklava restaurant here – and It might just be the best Turkish restaurant London has to offer.

This Turkish restaurant in East London not only serves a lunch and dinner menu bursting with grilled meats and salads, but also offers individual tastings. 

We recommend splurging on a tasting session if you’re looking for something extra-special, as it includes seven courses, each offering a taste of traditional, yet modern Turkish dishes. 

Kervan Sofrasi Restaurant

Multiple Locations in North London

Looking for the best Turkish breakfast London has to offer? You’ll find this small Turkish restaurant chain in Wood Green, South Gate, Church Street, and Edmonton – and each of Kervan Sofrasi’s locations is decorated with industrial-themed walls and dotted with plants.

The restaurant is one of the few places to order a truly authentic Turkish breakfast in London. They offer a set menu and complimentary tea, bagels (acma), and Turkish menemen for tables of two or more. 

If you arrive after breakfast, don’t worry about it. To satisfy your hunger, they still have a long list of meals like soups, stews, seafood, wraps, and grilled meats.

Yeni

Soho

While it’s nice to eat at a quaint, family-owned place, sometimes you want to go all out and splash at a high-end bistro. If that is the case, dust off your jewels and book a table at Yeni — the best Michelin-star Turkish restaurant London boasts.

Despite the top quality food, the restaurant has a laid-back feel spanning two floors. It is an independent Turkish restaurant in Soho with an ever-changing menu, so you’ll always have a reason to come back. 

Though, the manti beef dumplings and duck breast sharing platters are reason enough.

The chef cooks meals over an open fire and uses fresh local ingredients to create award-winning dishes – we adore the spiced lamb, served with Turkish borozan mushrooms.

Ev Restaurant

Southwark

Ev Restaurant has the feel of a luxury Turkish restaurant in London while still at a manageable price – not to mention that they offer a 10% discount for theatregoers.

This Turkish restaurant near London Bridge serves a fusion of Turkish and Mediterranean dishes and is perfect for your next date night. The lamb kofte with bulgur wheat and salad, and the grilled salmon with veggies are two of our top recommendations.

While their main dishes are primarily meat, their mezzes, soups, and sides are mostly vegetarian – and some of the best Turkish food London has.

Practical Tips for Visiting the Top Turkish Restaurants in London 

  • Before you eat, your waiter might say “Afiyet olsun” (pronounced Ahh-fee-et Ol-son). Consider this the Turkish version of “Bon appetit.” Simply thank them before digging in.
  • While there aren’t many sit-down Turkish restaurants in West London, there are many kebab shops. There are many Turkish restaurants near Covent Garden and other areas of central London.
  • Keep in mind that some restaurants will add a 10-12.5% service charge to their bills.

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