Evin Cafe on Kingsland High Road is a good spot for those living locally visiting the market or small shopping centre. There are a couple of med type places up and down the street, but this duals good solid breakfast offerings as well as the more traditional style Turkish/Med fare.
The ground floor cafe has a small outside terrace, but as it’s on the main high street it can be noisy with a bit of pollution. Also, it is the smoking area. It’s best to sit inside for comfort.
We arrived for lunch, but the breakfast menu was still available so Ema had the interesting breakfast mix of scrambled eggs, grilled halloumi, grilled sliced sausages, olives and salad. Ema was happy with this and she enjoyed it. I had the cheesy garlic grilled mushrooms for starter. The mushrooms were a little on the raw side and there could have been a bit more garlic.
For my main course I had the charcoal lamb chops with mixed veg and rice. The lamb is an acquired taste, as it’s a bit on the well done side. If you like your meat tough, this works, but for me, it could have been a little bit more pink and tender on the inside. The menu in general is full of good Turkish options such as kofte, houmous, falafel etc. I have tried other things on the menu on previous visits which have tasted much better, so I would still recommend this as a place to go.
The staff are friendly and the little lady making the homemade Turkish pizza quietly works her magic in full view of diners. If you come in for dinner, there is apparently a bar downstairs for drinks.
115 Kingsland High Street
London E8 2PB
T. 020 7254 5634