|Tuesday - Saturday||18:00 - 23:00|
|Sunday||18:00 - 22:30|
|Budget||Great Value (£15 - £30)|
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Haggerston Overground Station
We take inspiration from pretty much anywhere we can find it, but with a bias towards the ingredients and flavours of the Middle East, North Africa and across the Ottoman. Whilst our cuisine stays true to the food from these regions, we also pull from more familiar Western cooking techniques in the execution of what we do. We grill over charcoal using a beast of a mangal handcrafted by the boys at Clay Oven Company (you should see their hands). We smoke some of our meats first because, lets face it everything tastes better once it's been smoked. Our meat is marinated and basted in its own juices, and then finished on our open grill. Our merguez sausage is made in-house.
Our menu changes regularly to reflect seasonality and availability of stock. We have a long bar (it's probably too long to be honest), but who doesn't like a long bar? It serves our own craft beer by the growler, we've created an original cocktail menu using Middle Eastern ingredients and also spent time creating an adventurous wine list, including some Turkish delights no-one in London has ever served before. We also have few orange wines to tickle your palate with flavours and aromas you may have not tasted yet. There's music. Not too loud but just loud enough.
If you pronounce the name correctly, it's not hard to guess what the main focus is here. But this little gem offers way more than you may think. A North African and Middle Eastern Grill house and a joint venture between chef Josh Katz (Galvin Bistrot de Luxe and Ottolenghi) and Mattia Bianchi (Ottolenghi and Ben Spalding). Taking residence in the railway arches on Acton Mews, the inspiration is taken from food stalls, markets and restaurants from across the Middle Eastern and Northern African regions. There is a site-long bar down the side of the restaurant. Unsurprisingly (owed to it's Middle Eastern heritage) there is an abundance of Lamb dishes (Lamb Mechoui (£9.50), pulled forequarter of lamb; Quail, with rose and plum yoghurt (£8.50); and Beef Kefta with walnut and apricot (£8.50). There are also plenty of vegetarian options and some intersting Middle Eastern wines and cocktail infusions.