You know those restaurants where you have to choose quality over price or price over quality??? Well NOT @ Meze Mangal !!!
Due to its high quality of freshly prepared Turkish food and an amazing value for money people are ready to spend half an hour to even an hour queuing for a table :)
Been there - done that! What strikes you though is that you won't be just left in a queue looking at other people eat their delicious food! The owner ( who also actively takes part in serving and greeting himself) was thoughtful enough to treat us with free 'waiting' starters to which we were also able to order a drink/ wine whilst waiting.
The place is especially amazing in cold season with its grill in the middle of the room and amazing views of 'grilled in front of your eyes' various types of fish and meat ( I can already smell it).
This restaurant serves freshly baked bread with its mouth watering meze as one of the most popular starters there. You can have as much bread with your meze as you wish without having to pay extra. And it's right from the oven! Me and my fellow diners there find it addictive.
Moreover, the portions served ( both for starters and mains) are huge and can be shared ( which most guests do there) so you can order one starter and one main for two people and no one will leave unsatisfied!!
To my delight they have recently extended the restaurant but I'm sure people still queue all week round. Because it's worth it!!
I think its one of the best Turkish restaurant's in south london, even more so now after its recent refurbishment.
Excellent service, very generous portions, reasonably priced, and original weekend entertainment.
Its good alright but its not the best. I finally made my way to check out this popular Turkish restaurant. I ordered my usual favorites: mixed cold meze and Adana kofte. As for the grilled kofte, it was good but it was missing that kick and nice blend of seasoning and herbs. As for the mixed cold meze, it was massive portion! It was good especially the both the aubergine mezes. Both the yogurt however taste weaker than I prefer.
This place is a proper restaurant. I think they just had it upgraded or renovated as everything looks neat, new and clean. Their store sign up all the way yet so my guess could be right. Though I only came here to pick up my take away order, the place exuded relax atmosphere. Like many Turkish restaurants, Meze Mangal's have their grill and bread making counter next to the dining area. It looks more modern and bigger than usual.
Overall, its good but not the best.
The food is simple but delicious with a fantastic choice of meats and an amazing and varied selection of starters.
The outside isn't much and when busy the service can lack in attentiveness but it's a brilliant local find.
Ever since my better half decided to take his Dad here for dinner I have not heard the end of it. He's a simple lad who like his meat and Meze Mangal (not related to Joe Mangle) does not disappoint. I mean, I live in Dalston, which is like little Turkey so to impress me with fine Turkish dining takes a lot. This place was lovely, most of the menu is chunks of lamb prepared in various different ways but I am assured they are all tasty.
We foolishly started with our body weight in dip. They serve a meze platter for 2 or 4 people and it's huge. A real choice of cold starters and one hot, after that we were slightly dreading the main meal coming, never a good way to start. But it arrived and I managed to make a small dent in my chicken and Joe in his lamb. Actually, most of it came home with us in a doggy bag, which they were more than happy to provide us with.
Over all a wonderful meal, if a little meaty!
As others have already written - excellent Turkish food.
I strongly advise you to go on an empty stomach and leave lots of time. The sharing starter platter is a meal in itself, even for two people (I am neither joking nor exaggerating) but the mains are good too.
It is very unassuming, given the cheap laminate flooring, faded and peeling frontage and a shipping container outside that seems to have been there for years and shows no signs of leaving but do not be put off.
Meze Mangal is an excellent, no-nonsense restaurant serving all the grills you'd expect along with lahmacun (Turkish pizzas) and vegetarian dishes. This place can get packed so either book or get there early.
Like na020, I've been coming here for nearly 8 years now. The food (bread, kebabs etc) is always freshly prepared. The salad and veg sides can create very generous portions so beware of having 'eyes bigger than belly'.
I don't recall ever having left here thining 'that was a dud meal' or that 'it cost too much', far from it. Get over the location and enjoy the food. Inside, though the decor isn't upmarket the welcome is always warm. You won't ever be disappointed by Meze Mangal.
Meze Mangal is a great place to go with your friends to share the amazing mezes and to eat decent turkish food. As others have said on Friday's and Saturday's it can be hard to get a table if you just rock up so booking is recommended.
The turkish pizza's or great at £2 (half the price if you takeaway which I have done occasionally). The Pide pizza's are also really tasty.
Great selection of tasty kebabs - just make sure you don't over-order as I've done if in the past - the portions are a good size but because of the variety of dishes this is all to easythen again you can takeaway your leftovers if you really want too..
I think I'm going to have to give this place another try, because unfortunately despite hearing some very good feedback about Meze Mangal my experience was a very poor show all round.
I went for a meal with my partner who ordered the mousakka. It was served to her still frozen in the middle, they had to return it twice to the oven before it was fully cooked... as for myself I ordered kebabed lamb and found the meat to taste very vinagery and found no great lasting impression was left at all. I didn't make a big fuss about it, despite the staff seeming completely unbothered about the frozen food.
...However, I feel I'm going to have to go back and try again with this place, and maybe I'll get a greater meal than on first try.
I'm pretty sure I didn't do anything to upset the staff pre-meal on the previous attempt so I'm not quite sure why we were given such a poor experience when so many others have had such favourable meals.
Here's hoping for next time...
My subsequent visit recently was much better than the previous experience. We had a great starter platter that would've almost done as a main. I'm still not a massive fan of the kebabs, though I suspect I'll soon be back for the pizzas that I've heard a few peolpe getting excited about.
One of the best Turkish restaurant's in south london, if not the best.
Excellent service, very generous portions, reasonably priced, and original weekend entertainment.
I'm now a regular.
The front decor is truly disgusting it looks like a cheap abandoned motel. That is the only major downside of the place. Inside you'll find some comfortable tables and delicious food. I am taking one star down for the ugly facade though. I'd never go inside if I did not have an appointment.
I love the food, the service and the atmosphere. We have not one bad thing to say - the food is delicious, plentiful, well presented and perfectly cooked. The service is friendly and not overpowering and sitting beside the oven as I am I feel toasty and warm.
The best turkish restaurant i know. it's easy to drive past this place and either miss it, or look at it and think "um, i'll try some other place - it doesn't look to good" . . . i did that for years and regret it greatly. the food is very reasonable, the ingredients fresh each day and the quality excellent. unlike many places this is totally authentic. its a family business with a huge coal pit for kebabs and meats and a brick oven for breads and oven stews. the meze and dips are gorgeous, the food delicious. miss this place at your peril. i know of no better turkish restaurant. period.
Best Turkish restaurant in the neighbourhood. Portions are large, so don't order too many dishes. They're open late too, so you can comfortably show up at 11PM and still get served.
One of the best restaurants around and reasonably priced for the amazing quality of food. Staff there are very friendly and happy to help!
ok, it has been 4 years since i moved back to the States after living in New Cross Gate and i STILL crave Meze Mangal.
you see it is not just the meat, or the BBQ or even the most amazing grilled green spicy peppers. It is simply the way people are when they enter that restruant in an odd part of London. the people, mostly regulars, are happy, drinks, smiling and enjoying the company of others.
There is no rush and if you have time, they want to to stay and have a coffee or a mint tea while you relax.
If i were to go back, i would order the family platter where you get a mix of all that they have, but it is not too expensive to prevent you from ordering one of the delishis dishes which you just tasted to share with others.
Anyway, IF you are in the area, i would NOT this little 'hole-in-the-wall' Turkish restaurant and dont for get to get extra grilled spicy peppers!
Dined here last night and really enjoyed it. The vegetarian meze starter for two is massive and enough to fill two hungry people by itself. The lahmacun (Turkish pizza) is pretty tasty and very good value at £2.50. It's a cosy and accommodating restaurant. And, as other reviewers have mentioned, very popular too - you'd be wise to call ahead. Sitting with a view of either the traditional wood-fired oven or the grill adds a bit of 'epic' to the dining experience here. Prices are decent, service is appreciative and all-in-all this is an excellent choice for a quality meal.
Had dinner here after looking for somewhere on Yelp!. We ordered the Meze platter and was delicious although portion size wasn't that big as others Yelpers had stated. There freshly baked bread was amazingly fresh and hot and was constantly being topped up. The menu is varied and has something for everyone including the less adventurous eaters.
I can really only re-iterate what all the other Qype reviewers have to say about this restaurant. I am not prone to exaggeration so you will have to believe me when I say Meze Mangal is fantastic. In fact, it's by far the best Turkish restaurant I have been to in London and surpasses many I've visited in Turkey. The food is tasty and freshly prepared, the service is warm and efficient and the prices exceptionally cheap. In fact, I'd even try to think up reasons to go to New Cross (and there really can't be that many!) so that I could pop in and stuff myself with borek, hot cheese, lahmacun and calamari.
From the shabby sign and shipping container outside you don't expect much but the food oh my days the food is wonderful.
I advise booking in advance and wearing stretchy trousers.
This is way more than just your local Turkish restaurant they cook all the food, bread, kebabs freshly to order, in the oven or on the open grill in the front. The warmth from the oven makes it a really snug and cosy atmosphere. They completely fill your plate with the most generous portions of meat, veg, salad and bread, all for about £6 or £7 We've been coming here for a few years, and it's always perfect. Best time to go is early evening it usually fills up about 9.
I got I'll when I went there, but the food tasted good!
Definitely one of my favorite restaurant as I love lamb! Good seasoning and tender meat with nice textures. The price was surprisingly cheap.
I've enjoyed countless meals at Meze Mangal and am always delighted by our food. On the odd occasion where I just want a night in I'll order a take away instead and pick it up I love the fact that this is an option there as it saves me from eating horrible dirty kebabs!
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