Sitting on London’s stretch of Angel & Islington, The Gallipoli Again Café is a lively and popular hot spot offering a delicious Turkish cuisine. I recently visited for lunch with a close friend of mine and it didn’t fail to disappoint. Sitting on one of the main bus routes, it was easy for us to get to and was an enchanting little place for us to catch up.
Gallipoli Again Café was opened as a result of the huge popularity of its fellow chain Gallipoli Café & Bistro, which is also in Islington. Both chains offer the same menu and dining experience, friendly service, and are now just as popular as each other!
Dressed in an Ottoman-themed decor of terracotta painted walls, fabulous dangling lamps and cowbells, with walls covered in collages of framed prints, the restaurant oozed Turkish character and ambience. It’s was like walking into an Aladdin’s cave! This place is a must for all those who get equally inspired by a restaurant’s décor as they do the food!
Since my friend and I went for lunch, it was a relatively quiet time of day and the service was friendly, attentive and speedy. I do believe that for those wishing to celebrate their birthdays with a Turkish twist, belly dancing is one of the treats you can enjoy at the Gallipoli chains; so, evening dining is bound to show off the restaurant even more and send you into the night with a spark of Turkish charm.
Gallipoili Again offers an appetizing variety of meat, fish and vegetarian dishes, where both indoor and al-fresco dining with garden seating is available. For the both of us we ordered two of the vegetarian Gallipoli Meze Platter (£6.95 each) which came with a bowl of warm breads and we also shared an Imam Bayildi (£5.50). The food was mouth-watering, delicious, and it literally left us munching in silence at times despite how much we had to catch-up on. The platter was a cheaper way to taste a combination of some of their hot and cold vegetarian meze dishes instead of ordering them separately. I was really taken by the Cacik which is a yoghurt prepared with chopped cucumber, mint and garlic. Dipped in pitta bread, it was just delicious. The Kisir was one of the cold dishes but again, a really tasty mix of flavours – lemon, tomato, nuts, spring onion and chopped mint mixed in with crushed wheat! The falafel was really nicely made too – crispy on the outside with a soft and aromatic centre. It wasn’t greasy either like some falafel can end up being. Another dish that I hadn’t tried before was the Borek. It looked really similar to an Indian Samosa. Served warm, it was a freshly fried pastry filled with a mixture of feta cheese, parsley, dill and spring onion – all of which just melted in your mouth. The platter was a veggie’s dream on a plate and was good value for everything you got. I’d definitely order it again when I go back (I’m drooling just thinking about it!). It’s a nice filling main for one but ordering two or more for a group of friends would make good starters for you all to share and dig into. The Imam Bayildi we shared on the side was Aubergine stuffed with a juicy tomato mixture of onion, chickpeas, mushroom, sweet corn and garden peas. I don’t really have anything to criticise about the food or dining experience because I really enjoyed our time and everything we ordered.
This is a great (and affordable) little place for anyone wanting to enjoy gorgeous and authentic Turkish cuisine in London.