Mangal II Formerly: Mangal 2 Ocakbasi Restaurant

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Charcoaled Turkish to cross town for
Very possibly the best Turkish food in an area known for its Turkish food (and increasing lifestyle trendiness), and certainly among the finest in London. If this is fully booked, there's a second branch just around the corner at 10 Arcola St (020 7275 8981). Opened by brothers Ali Dirik in 1994, several years after his move from Istanbul. Dirik is no longer connected to his first Mangal, which he co-started in 1991. Dirik's son Ferhat and Sertaç operate Mangal II, and during the COVID lockdown in 2020 they reinvented the space and the menu, maintaining old favourites while also adding a modern touch. Spitalfields-based artists Gilbert & George were known to eat here most nights, but their custom came to a halt during lockdown. 'Mangal' translates as 'barbecue'. Closed Monday. Overground stations: Dalston Kingston and Dalston Junction.