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 Ali Dirik in 1997, ten years after his move from Istanbul. Dirik is no longer connected to his first Mangal, which he co-started in 1991. Spitalfields-based artists Gilbert & George have been seen having many a dinner here. 'Mangal' translates as 'barbecue'. Overground stations: Dalston Kingston and Dalston Junction.