When I think of Turkish cuisine, a meat feast springs to mind, and that's exactly what a few of my work colleagues/friends and I had yesterday. We met up at Tava, nestled near Dalston Kingsland (north London), for casual drinks and to get our Sunday evening grub on.
As I was in a Turkish restaurant, it only made sense to be open-minded about trying new things, so, to quench my thirst - instead of going straight for the standard orange or apple juice - I opted for the yoghurt drink. It's an acquired taste, but I did manage to finish half my glass.
Yoghurt drink (ayran)
The atmosphere inside was friendly and relaxed; service was polite and attentive. It's a very reasonably-priced, child-friendly place to dine, and with all the surrounding competition, I'm not surprised. Delicious food, and generous portions meant there was 'nuff belly rubbing, full mouths and toothpick action.
Condiments: hummus, (I didn't even ask what the one in the middle was!), mayo
Mixed grill: adana, lamb shish, chicken shish, lamb ribs, quail, lamb chops....with rice
Lightly fried onions drizzled in a tasty seasoned sauce
I'm definitely keen on visiting other Turkish restaurants and trying more cultural dishes. If anyone knows the traditional names of some of the items above, do tell. I guess I was enjoying myself too much to even ask the waiter what the sides were (!).
Good food, good conversations, good times.
Where have you eaten out lately?