I only lived in the “ladder” in Green Lanes, Harringay, for one year but that’s a part of London I’m very attached to. It might be the Mediterranean atmosphere, with the colourful food shops and the BBQ whiff from the restaurants, or maybe it’s because I was the first to find and enter the much beloved house but when I think of “home” in London I think of there. One of the most noticeable aspects of this strip of road is the number of turkish-cypriot restaurants, constantly competing over quality, prices and splendour. A competition that came to our advantage, as we worked our way through the high street in search of the best restaurant. We couldn’t find it, it’s too difficult to name one but, despite the yearly changes, for worse or better, new openings and gloom closures, these restaurant are always safely floating on top of the chart.
Its large dining room, polished yet informal, makes Gökyüzü ideal for a group meal or a dinner date. During one of those not-quite-romantic dinners, me and my mate celebrated my departure from Green Lanes with a mix grill for two: a mountain of rice and cous-cous covered in layers of meat, every kind of meat they offer is there. Despite being famously voracious we struggled to finish it, despite what’s written on the menu it’s better shared in 3-4 people.
This little bustling business was recently renovated to give the few tables in the dining area the dignity they deserve. However it remains my favourite takeaway: they currently offer the biggest kebab and lahmacun (wrapped and filled with salad) in the area. If you have a place where to sit and eat not too far away from there you should try one of the hot stew displayed next to the door it comes in a large tub, together with a portion of salad, rice or cous cous, and flat bread. All for £6-7
46 Green Lanes, London N4 1AG | Google Maps
Phone 020 8802 5588
The guys working here made their best to spoil the reputation of their restaurant by being smug and rude. Despite having some of the best food in the area, people preferred to go elsewhere to be, at least, treated better than cattle. They fortunately got the message so they got themselves together and started providing a decent customer service. I like their long tables and low chairs with carved back-rest, all of their menu is worth a try however, considering the oven they use, I wouldn’t miss a lahmacun as a starter and perhaps a pide, the typical turkish pizza.
Grand Parade, 69 Green Lanes, Haringey, London N4 1DU | Google Maps
Phone: 020 8809 2777
I will never, ever remember how to spell the name of this restaurant. This, and the obnoxious colours used for the shop sign contributed to the fact that this is the restaurant I visited in the area. After my first dinner here I made up the lost time coming back at every chance. There’s always a queue outside, which is a good sign of quality, so come early or armed with patience, it’s really worth it.
In fact the quality of the meat is superb and the starters are superior: not only you get salad and warm bread, but also a trio of dips, including one made with aubergine and tomato sauce… mouth watering!
- Lahmacun is like a thin small pizza. The topping is minimal but tasty: tomato, minced lamb, parsley and onion or garlic. Can be wrapped up and filled with salad to make a great snack on the go.
- Pide is the turkish pizza, it looks like a calzone opened on top.
- Shish is the skewer.
- Adana is the typical sausage made with lamb mince and red peppers.
- Ayran is a yogurt-based drink slightly salted. Its flavour is quite unusual but I love to drink it with meat as it also helps soothing the effect of spices and hot peppers.
All the listed restaurants offer a salad (dressed with pomegranate juice) as a started, together with flat bread and dips. It’s for free but don’t abuse or you won’t have enough space for the main course!
A few of them have a licence so they are BYOB. However they don’t advertise that as they always sell thei own beer. Just ask ahead before popping to the off-licence.