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Istanbul

154 Hoe Street, 

Walthamstow
London E17 4QH
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Tel 020 8509 1081



We use this place quite a lot.  It's unpretentious, good food: grills (meat and fish), salads, rice, Turkish starters, and lovely warm fresh bread (don't eat too much with your starter or you will have little room for the rest of your meal).  They also do great stews but say that it's best to order them before late evening; that way the food has marinated in the big open pots but not started to dry up. The different meats on offer are as varied as the Turkish restaurants in Dalston, and the Kofte is really meaty and tasty.  As with most of these types of restaurant, the food is set out for you to see before you choose, and it always looks apetising.  If you are hungry you can have a mixed kebab; if you are really hungry you can have the Istanbul Special with a bit of everything.  But just one type of dish is usually enough and with a cold bottle of Efes pilsner in its special glass it's a good way to end the week.  Prices 
are OK: £30-£45 for three of us with a beer or two and starters.  They usually throw in a small baklava each and a Turkish coffee or tea.  Service is swift and friendly: one of the proprietors keeps a beady eye on the staff's performance and 
is quite a nice cockney Turk. (For a gooner, that is.)
 
Lloyd, Debbie and Emma, April 2011
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