I visit Dalston for the fantastic food market with strong Caribbean influences and ingredients that figure heavily in my home cooking. It also has dedicated afro-caribbean grooming stores for me to stock up on supplies. Dalston is also famous for its large collection of Turkish cafes. There are many. So you would ask the question, does it need one more?
Enter Le Ziz which has taken up home in the newly refurbished Dalston Square next to Dalston Junction. This little area has sprouted up new luxurious towering flats with balconies that challenge the urban generation of locals who have lived here, in somewhat more stark digs.
When you think of going to Dalston, wearing heels and a dress does not immediately spring to mind. It’s just not the location for it. It’s a casual fest with east london trendies donned in skinny jeans and beards (not the women though). You now have a place to get your glad rags on in Le Ziz, the next level Turkish restaurant located in a stylish space.
Although it is arguably a contemporary take on Turkish food, it still has that family owned vibe with the owner/host working his way around the tables, greeting, chatting and making you feel welcome.
As we sat, we were welcomed with complimentary olives, houmous and bread. For starters, Valentina had scallops on creamed mushroom, I opted for chargrilled king prawn. For main course, I went for the vegetable kebab and Valentina had chicken and lamb shish. We had ordered some sides which were forgotten, but the recovery was swift and seamless. With the mains, come a helping of rice and salad, so maybe we should have missed out the sides altogether – as it was all very filling.
The food was fresh, we were right next to the kitchen, so you could see the grilling and cooking happening realtime.
Le Ziz is a refreshing addition to Dalson. I like it. Make that overground trip to Dalston Junction and have a try.
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