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  • 5.0 star rating
    11/7/2014

    I knows what I likes, and I likes what I knows. And that would be the Vegetarian Fiesta at Petek. That's not to say their other dishes are no good. Oh no no no, please don't get me wrong. But the Vegetarian Fiesta - for this vegetarian - is king. The biggest plate you've ever seen, stuffed with falafel, hummus, borek, cacik, dolma, and all manner of delicious. It's so huge that I never ever ever manage to finish it. Left-overs for lunch please!

  • 4.0 star rating
    3/7/2014
    1 check-in

    Petek is one of those well loved spots in a neighbourhood, and it's easy to see why. The food is good, the service is fast, the ambiance is lovely, it's easy to spend hours here (and we did).

    We came to try the food and try the food we did. Between the table, we ordered the sharing mezze which included a ton of different dishes and the lamb shish, since we were told it was phenomenal.

    And it was. The meat was perfect and came with a delicious creamy sauce and the rice was sweet and tasty and it was an excellent dish. All around, fantastic.

    Now, the mezze on the other hand left a little to be desired. Not a lot, but a little. When you sit at the table, they give you complimentary bread, olives and a delicious tomato sauce. Love it. Then the mezze comes out and it's ... mostly sauces and spreads. There are a few bits of meat and cheese (the halloumi being standout) but overall it's hummus and Baba ghanoush and other dips that are fine are their own, but a little overwhelming when there are five or six of them on a table. I hate to compare it to other mezze's in London, but there are a bunch that do a round of cold food followed by hot food. This was all food, at once, and again, most of it sauce.

    Still, dipping the delicious bread in those sauces was nice and the food came quick and was hot and really grand. The space is also lovely, with comfortable seats, wooden tables and hanging lanterns from the ceiling.

    Overall, I was indeed happy here and would come back t this neighbourhood favourite when in the neighbourhood.

  • 4.0 star rating
    16/5/2014

    The Petek Special was delicious and massive. Came with a group of colleagues and we had a great time. Good wine selection and excellent starters.

    Cons: no air conditioning, and uncomfortable chairs.

  • 3.0 star rating
    20/4/2014
    1 check-in

    The food fits the three start description (a-ok!) but far from being the best Turkish you can get in London.  The people I were with had the grilled meat which they said was good.  I had the moussaka with lamb meatballs which was fine too.  Nothing was wrong with anything that we had so I don't want to slate the restaurant in any way.  It was good solid food but didn't necessarily leave me with a strong impression one way or another.

    However, I did love the lights hanging from the ceiling.  Very nice touch!

  • 4.0 star rating
    15/8/2014

    Went here tonight for a date night dinner with the hubster. Service is a bit rushed (the waiters run around constantly) but the food makes up for the frazzled atmosphere. The hubby and I shared an order of hummus and grilled halloumi to start and each had lamb and chicken combos as our main entrees. We were both extremely happy with our dishes as they were full of flavors and super tasty. The desserts did not disappoint either. He had a coconut rice pudding of some sort and I had the blakava. Both equally delicious. We shared a half bottle of the Turkish wine (the one you can have by the glass) and it was surprisingly really good. We will definitely be back here and cannot wait to take our friends and fam here when they visit.

  • 5.0 star rating
    21/12/2013

    My fave restaurant in finsbury park. The interior is interesting, generally quite lively whenever ive passed it at weekends, albeit without being really packed like pizza papagones down the road.

    The Turkish food is very reasonably priced, good size portions and very tastey. Staff include service charge on bill as standard which removes a hassle, and they always deserve it in my experience.

    Will be back many times in future.

  • 5.0 star rating
    11/2/2013
    5 check-ins

    When we first moved to London, my husband was lured here by the promise of "best lamb in London". He believes it and brings our friends, and they become believers too.
    The owner is a very sweet and happy man who loves shaking hands and holding doors open. He's seen my partner so many times, he now hugs him when we leave.

    There is a large selection of vegetarian & vegan & veganizable meze and a small selection of mains. I usually go for the "fiesta" as it is the most food for money and I can swap the halloumi for roasted veggies, no problem. So much food, so much deliciousness.

    But be careful everyone! The most amazing freshly baked Turkish bread is placed in front of you before the meal, along with a spicy tomato dip and olives. It's so good, it's hard to stop, and then there is no room left in your tummy for the feast of your main!
    Also, for drinks- the house red is quite tasty for the cheapest option.

    Every time someone is visiting us from out of town and we want a nice meal, we bring them here. We've brought everyone from California to Japan here and always celebrate hubby's birthday here as well. I hope you will treat your friends!

  • 5.0 star rating
    20/12/2013

    The food here is sublime. It felt like I was on holiday in Cyprus again! The fresh warm Turkish bread and giant olives on arrival set the scene (they're free by the way). Naturally I had to try the hummus, and it was honestly among the best I've ever eaten. We followed this with the sea bass and lamb shish, which were well worth the 13 quid price tag. The atmosphere is also great Please God go there if you're in the neighbourhood. If you need any more reasons, just take a look at the excellent and cheapish wine list! I'm writing this review pretty drunk, add I had a couple of bottles. Cheers x

  • 4.0 star rating
    30/3/2012

    When I was fifteen I went to a house party that was going to be rubbish.  The guy was lame, no alcohol was expected and the neighborhood was quiet.  Turns out his parents bought him mountains of alcohol, all his sister's friends were there and I ended up going to second base around 2am in a guest bedroom.  It was amazing not only in itself but because I didn't expect much at all.  

    My encounter was Petek was similar, I was stumbling along Stroud Green and I needed to grub up.  Most the places along there look like crap, are bab joints or chain numbers, none of which I fancied in the slightest.  I crawled into Petek as the sign looked decent and the decor was certainly charming and I was not disapointed.  Dish after dish was delicious, service was quick, the waiters were very cheery.  The squid was fantastic and I love my squid.  My date & I could afford many dishes and split them which was good fun.  When so much is good in a restaurant you want to try as much as possible.

    I can't give it 5 because 5 is perfection and I don't know what that is yet but if you are ever in Stroud Green you cannot do better than Petek.  Heavily recommend.

  • 5.0 star rating
    28/8/2012
    1 check-in

    I loved it. I'm a big fan of Mediterranean cuisine and this one has definitely hit the spot.

    My friend and I went there on a weekday night - and around 7.30-8 it got very busy - an indicator of a good place!

    I liked the decor - colourful terracota setting and average noise of the surrounding diners. Couple of tables are outside, one of which we grabbed straightaway.

    We went for a selection of meze - which is a great choice if you like sharing food! All dishes came almost simultaneously - so my friend and I were amazed by the speed that our table got filled up with great food!

    Price-wise - also good. I've definitely been to more expensive places which serve less tasty meals.

    All in all - I'm lucky to have it in my neighbourhood!

  • 5.0 star rating
    9/3/2012

    We ventured out on a Saturday night much later than planned and without any idea of where we were going to eat. Yeah, we're really good at this. We met a couple friends at the Fullback to discuss, but still didn't settle on anything. We made a pact that we'd walk down Stroud Green and stop at the first restaurant that wasn't only take away. I think this was the second one we passed...the first one looked questionable, or someone vetoed it, or...I don't know, we had been drinking and hadn't had dinner so everything at that point is a little foggy.

    This place was amazing. I think it was just shy of $10 for two courses. The hummus was perfect. The bread was delicious. The wine was the cheapest bottle they had, so can't really judge that. The waitress was lovely and the atmosphere was perfect. There was no wait, but the restaurant was mostly full so I think we got lucky and arrived just after the dinner rush. It was such a comfortable place and the food was really lovely! Excellent portions (I couldn't finish mine), rice, shish, etc. SO GOOD. There aren't many restaurants that feel so cozy, affordable, and delicious in the Finsbury Park area, so five stars are definitely warranted.

  • 5.0 star rating
    8/5/2013

    A llittle gem. This place was clearly a local favourite and its obvious why! The mojitos were spot on, we tried moussaka which was gorgeous and swordfish that was the best I've tasted.

  • 4.0 star rating
    2/11/2009
    First to Review

    This always-buzzing lively Middle Eastern / Turkish restaurant is a great find.  It is very conveniently located and easy to get to from the Finsbury Park tube, bus, and rail station (Wells Terrace exit, then left up Stroud Green for two short blocks).  The two course set menu is a great deal, with extremely generous portions.  This has always been available every time I've been to Petek.  People come from all over London to dine here.  Highly recommended!

  • 5.0 star rating
    4/1/2012
    1 check-in

    Amazing Turkish, the best I've been to-arrive hungry the portions are huge and the starters are just too good to miss!

  • 5.0 star rating
    27/5/2012
    6 check-ins

    Used to come here when we had friends in the area, went back recently for Saturday lunch. Service was very friendly, my two course lunch offer included some good babaganush and an excellent, juicy chicken shush. My gf had the tuna streak special which was huge and tasty. Shame to see place quite empty for Saturday lunch, but the reservation cards on lots of tables indicated it would be a busy  evening. Highly recommend, good food at great prices.

  • 4.0 star rating
    28/10/2012

    Very, very tasty. I went with a friend, he had that day's special, while I had one of the veggie mains. Delicious, and in big portions. Plus, they serve some nice hot bread, with a couple of dips, for you to nibble on while you wait for your food to be served (which they do quite quickly anyway).

  • 4.0 star rating
    13/8/2011

    Really delicious mediterranean/turkish restaurant, with generous portions and thoughtful presentation. My friends and I all had the 2 course lunch special for about £9 each. Vegetarian entree options included a kebab with halloumi and veggies, and a moussaka. I had the mackerel, which was surprisingly light and fresh, not fishy at all. I think it'd be a nice place for a date, although maybe don't sit outside because it's rather loud with the buses going by. I will definitely be returning!

    • Qype User predic…
    • London
    • 4 friends
    • 21 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    10/2/2008

    This unassuming restaurant has become a favourite of mine. The food is not strictly turkish - they do amazing Monk Fish kebabs, chicken...the works. The owner and cooks are great guys, the wine is fantastic and the prices reasonable. Even the non alcoholic cocktails are amazing. I cannot recommend it enough.

    • Qype User ianjef…
    • London
    • 2 friends
    • 1 review
    5.0 star rating
    7/10/2008

    Great restaurant, very friendly staff who go out ovaluef their way to make you feel comfortable.
    Food has never disappointed, my only criticism is the huge portions which I suppose makes it even better value for money.

  • 4.0 star rating
    3/9/2010

    REPRISAL***
    Gave them another chance a few months ago and we were very pleased. To be honest I stayed away from the fish because I just dont think thats their strong point. We really enjoyed the petek special and the vegetarian fiesta  and since giving them another chance we have eaten there a fair few times always ordering their solid specials. Maybe we just caught them on a bad night last time  which I'm very glad about as its a lovely local place to eat, run by genuine people, and is very good value considering we are usually so full we find it hard to walk up the hill home!
    __________________________________________________­______ Ooooooh I wish I didnt have to write this review! We had eaten in peteks a couple of weeks ago and really enjoyed it. Unfortunately tonight was a massive let down! Poor quality fish which was overcooked and wet, salad with at least 2 suspicious hairs entwined within the leaves, inedible spongy potatoes and rather inattentive service resulted in a disappointing evening. When they finally got around to clearing our plates and asking what was wrong they took the fish meal off the bill but we didnt receive any of the usual complimentary bakalavas at the end of our meal and nobody acknowledged our departure. Pretty sour end to the meal. If we hadnt had such a great time before we wouldnt even think about returning.

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