I know most of you won't be travelling out to Zone 6 to try this for yourself but I couldn't NOT share this with you. The food is delicious, brilliant quality and the portions are SO generous.
When you first arrive, you're greeted with a complimentary round of olives, pittas and salad. I rave about the red cabbage in the salad and it takes a lot to get me excited about salad.
The best thing about Istanbul is the portion sizes. They do a special for £17 per person which contains an array of mixed mezze starters along with a huge plate of grilled meats.
You get fresh pitta breads to dip into hummus, taramasalata (the pink one which is whipped cod roe) and cacik - a cucumber yoghurt very similar to the greek tzatziki. There's also a bowl of shakshuka (thinly sliced aubergine and potato in a tomato sauce) and the a platter of interesting delicacies....
A giant plate filled with grilled chicken wings, chicken and lamb shish kebabs, lamb adana kebab, lamb chops, lamb ribs, lamb doner and chicken doner served on a bed of rice, flatbreads and grilled peppers and tomatoes.
It's a meat heaven. The portion below is for two people. TWO. I've only ONCE managed to get through the whole lot and that's when I was with my human dust-bin boyfriend Tom. I've tried to take it on with my step-dad and with my step-brother and failed on both occasions so there is plenty there for the finest eaters among us!
I also highly recommend the chicken shish with yoghurt (£8). Lean chunks of grilled chicken, served on flatbreads and covered in a spicy tomato sauce and fresh yoghurt. It's packed full of flavour and fills you up without being too over-indulgent.I would say if you're ever in Zone 6 to head over there for dinner but truth is - this place is packed no matter what day it is so you'll probably need to book! I've been turned away on a Wednesday evening before which just goes to show how popular it is!
89 Victoria Rd, Ruislip HA4 9BH