It must have been a good year since I had last tried Turkish food. For some reason, I had always had in my head that this cuisine was fairly meat heavy and therefore not really an ideal place for this little London foodie.
BUT, I’ll always admit when I’m wrong, and I was so wrong.
I was invited down to the brand new Turkish restaurant, ‘Laz @ Camden’ and I was so incredibly impressed. Not only with their array of vegetarian options but also with the sheer quality of the food, the creativity and thought that had gone into the dishes, the atmosphere within the restaurant, the decor, the music, the staff and the entire experience. All of these factors combined to make this one of the best Turkish meals I’ve ever had.
First of all, I was impressed with the fact that they willingly cater to the clumsy. What I mean by this, of course, is that within the first five minutes (and within approximately two seconds of the below photo being snapped), I had spilled my entire cocktail onto my shirt. Which, if you know me, is really nothing out of the ordinary. However, the staff immediately brought me towels and (arguably more importantly) a brand new drink. For the fashionistas among you, don’t fear, the Zara shirt survived.
OK, I know that you know, as a reader of this blog that I have a big appetite but I seriously outdid myself on this occasion. Chris and I sort of, kind of, definitely ordered the whole menu. For research purposes, obvs.
We kicked things off by diving face first into the meze menu, enthusiastically ordering almost everything with a (V) next to it. I’ve listed them in order of how much I loved them (although, please note I enjoyed all of them):
At this stage, it is absolutely outrageous that we are considering ordering dessert but we did, and we enjoyed it. Now, I know that this photograph isn’t winning any prizes but it’s surprisingly hard to capture a rice pudding in action. However, I will say that the photo really doesn’t do it justice and that I thoroughly enjoyed this dish. It’s a light and creamy rice pudding with a nice crunch on top!
Why not throw in another course, I hear you say! Well, that’s exactly what I did. I tried the traditional Turkish coffee which was really strong. I didn’t know if I would like it but I did. I would say it tasted like a cross between a strong coffee and a chocolate mousse. Delightful. Plus, it was served in the world’s cutest mug, with Turkish delight on the side. What’s not to like?!
At the end of the meal, the amazing and well respected chef Numan Devrim came upstairs to say hi, which was the perfect ending to a lovely evening. It’s important I mention that this restaurant also had a really great fish and meat menu too. Chris and I ate veggie but if you were going with a group and they’re not all veggie, they’d love it too.
I really loved everything about this place and would definitely recommend it for a dinner with friends or a romantic, candle-lit evening for two piggies who want to stuff their faces with delicious and perfectly executed food, just as we did!