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Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Maedah Grill

Throw back the little ones
And pan-fry the big ones

Ever since the loss of our (that’s how we like to think of it) beloved Angel Mangal Dos Hermanos have been scouring London for a decent Ocakbasi Restaurant. We’ve tried the rest and unfortunately they’ve not been the best. Compared to the magnificent Angel Mangal Special Mixed Grill (with quail) restaurants which have come highly recommended have failed to please. Oh yes, they’ve been pretty cheap but as we know cheap food is just that – cheap.

The latest in a long line of pretenders is the Maedah Grill which is located just before the justly famous Tayyabs. Could it be the real thing ? Not a chance. Just another in a long line of dispiriting meals I’ve had recently.

Nothing , apart from some very greasy Muska Boregi had been cooked to order. Lahmacun came from a job lot of the stuff that been sitting around too long it was tough and tasteless. No sooner had I finished the starters than my main course arrived suspiciously soon. I’m not sure what the chap at the grill was employed for as he hardly seemed to do any grilling in my short time there. The mixed grill was, unfortunately, not much better than the starters . Some lamb chops and chicken shish were ok but an Adana kebab was overcooked and the Shawarma was a pile of desiccated scraps. Not nice.

The salad component was risible. At AM one would get a large composed salad of fresh shredded vegetables, flat leaf parsley, radishes and grilled peppers all sprinkled with sumac. Simple, fresh and delicious. Here as at so many other Turkish joints it was a sad-looking melange of tomatoes, onions, cucumber and lettuce. They couldn’t even grill the tomatoes properly. A drink to console myself was out of the question as there’s a no alcohol policy.

In the past I may have stuck it out until the end and had a coffee and a dessert but these days I’m more inclined to cut my losses and ask for the bill. Which is exactly what I did. And only thirty-odd minutes after coming in. The night wasn’t a complete loss though. On my way back I ducked into StJB&W where a lovely Damson and Crème Fraiche ice cream put things in a much better light. Ice Cream. Is there nothing it can’t do ?

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Blogger Trig said...

Stupid question, but have you tried Anatolia on Mare Street? Also, The Dervish on Stoke Newington Church Street (a bit smarter than an ocakbasi, but very intimate and the food is great)

Wednesday, August 22, 2007 6:30:00 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The original Mangal in arcola street has great lamb chops, But the rest is so so.
Better all round is TAVA on kingsland road - very good grilled onion salad and fresh bread from their oven..

Best for lamacun is OZLEM further up on a road opposite the refugee centre (Although we haven't been there in ages).

I've heard good things about one on bethnal green road just along from brick lane. . . .

Wednesday, August 22, 2007 8:56:00 pm  
Blogger Hermano 1 said...

Thanks for he recs I shall certainly try them out.


Thursday, August 23, 2007 10:53:00 pm  
Blogger Unknown said...

Hi there,
The best Ocakbasi I have been to in London is Meze Mangal in Lewisham (Southeast London, opposite Lewisham College). It's small, but has an oven and grill smack-bang in the middle of it so you can see your lahmacun being put in to the oven to grill just after you've ordered it, and your kebabs being turned on skewers in front of you. I love their calamari and fried liver starters.
It's run by a pair of Turkish brothers who are polite and friendly. The prices are reasonable and it's so popular that if you want to go in the evening, it's best to book. They are listed on the London Eating website.

Friday, August 24, 2007 4:34:00 pm  
Blogger Unknown said...

What can I say! Maidah grill, fieldgate street! Brilliant, the food, Amazing!!! Oh, the deserts, mind blowing!!!

Saturday, September 08, 2007 10:38:00 pm  
Blogger Hermano 1 said...

Well you can say what you had for a start and while you´re at it why it was so good compared to other places.

Sunday, September 16, 2007 1:57:00 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I didnt enjoy Maidah Grill either, food was overcooked, especially the starts. the perv waiter also kept staring at me which made the whole experience a rather dismal one.. never again !

Thursday, December 18, 2008 8:56:00 pm  

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