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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