There’s something of a perma argument over what is the ocakbasi to eat in in Dalston. One person’s Mangal, is another person’s Cirrik, which is another person’s Umut. We often opt for the latter, if only because elderly Turkish gentlemen have a habit of inviting us to sit down for soup at their table here and we like that). Umut 2000 is a no nonsense ocakbasi restaurant. The smells coming off the grill consistently make our stomach do somersaults and the lamb ribs are Dalston’s finest. Eat in or takeaway, you’ll never be anything less than delighted.
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Andu Café is a cash-only, vegan spot in Dalston serving excellent option-free Ethiopian food.
Peppers & Spice
Peppers & Spice is a takeaway-only Caribbean spot in Dalston that’s a great all-rounder and a must for patties if you’re in the area.
Attawa is a modern Punjabi restaurant in Dalston with a delicious array of branded breads, karis, and must-order dhaal.
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Ustun Lahmacun is a little lahmacun and pide house on the Newington Green end of Green Lanes making excellent, freshly-made lahmacuns.
Whitecross Street Market
Whitecross Street Market runs between Old Street and the Barbican, and is one of London’s busiest street markets.
Mangal 1 Ocakbasi
You can’t really go wrong when it comes to choosing a good Turkish spot in North London, but our favourite is Mangal Ocakbasi.
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