This Turkish restaurant has just opened on the old 2K Steakhouse site. Before opening their doors they had posted up a menu which seemed suspiciously long – we’re always on the look out for decent food cooked on the premises (and lengthy menus often suggest this isn’t the case). However, we needn’t have worried.
With husband back from work early one day we strolled out with our daughter for a mid-week lunch. It was encouragingly lively for a Tuesday with people already there and more coming in all the while we were there. We had the set lunch at £10.95 for two courses and £13.95 for three. Otherwise starters range from £4.50 to £7 and mains are £10 to £20. They also offer a kids’ menu for £6.45. Looking around, the portions all looked generous.
We adults had starters – crisp, freshly prepared feta samosas and juicy, tasty marinated grilled kofte, both served with salad (and the latter with rice). Our daughter had the chicken burger with chips which was large pieces of chicken and grilled mushroom with salad in a brioche bun.
Our other main courses were grilled seabass with sautéed potatoes and salad and vegetable moussaka. Both were well cooked with a tasty topping of crisp slivers of parsnip and too generous to finish. Fancying a drop of wine, but not too much, we shared a large glass of Turkish white from Anatolia (£7.50). The staff were friendly and kept our water glasses topped up, but were a little overstretched, so we had a bit of a wait for the wine and for our (adult) main courses. However, we were in no hurry and enjoyed the comfortable, relaxed atmosphere.
Daughter and I finished off with something sweet. She had mango sorbet and I had home-made baklava with ice cream and pistachio. I’m so pleased I found space for it as it was delicious with a delicately crunchy texture, rich nutty flavour and not too syrupy and sweet. With some fresh mint tea, it rounded off the meal perfectly (which for the three of us came to less than £50 including service).
As mentioned earlier, there are a lot of options to choose from on the menu and we look forward to returning to tasting more of the brothers’ food. Genuine Eastern Mediterranean cuisine is such a pleasure and it suits a broad range of dietary requirements. A welcome addition to the High Street.
192-194 High Street, Barnet EN5 5SZ
020 8441 5369