These are Turkish restaurants from the heart – no fuss, just great food

Fez Mangal
It’s all a bit upscale in Ladroke Grove nowadays and Fez Mangal neatly tiptoes the line between authentic and upmarket, serving no-nonsense Turkish grill food, pitta and salad made with care. Homemade doners and big kebabs seal the deal for many locals.

Iznik is a local favourite in Islington and the food is homely and sure to bring a tear to the eye of anyone missing mum’s cooking in the homeland. Lamb stew and borek reach out to those seeking a little comfort.

Oklava is a new dimension in Turkish food in the capital leaning heavily of Turkish-Cypriot. HotJoint fave Selin Kiazim’s inventive hands bring honest and delicate flavours and dishes for busy City workers.

How to pick a favourite out of Green Lanes’ tantalising spread of Ocakbasi joints? Hala produces the goods with a slightly more careful attention to detail, in the waiting service, the sumptuous adanas and whole grilled fish, as well as the filled pancakes.

Meze Mangal
Meze Mangal in Lewisham has at its heart a large, buoyant dining room that attracts locals and other south Londoners for a touch of Turkish class: quail and swordfish and Turkish wines keep ‘em coming back for more in this friendly joint.