At spacious and traditional Gokyuzu, they have been perfecting the art of the kebab for the last 20 years. Precisely grilled meats – including quail – are expertly spiced and served with all of the accompaniments you can think of, including piles of warm bread. As well as the Green Lanes flagship, the family owners now have outposts in Chingford, Finchley and Walthamstow.
26-28 Grand Parade, Green Lanes, N4 1LG
Le Bab & Maison Bab
Run by guys who met at Le Gavroche, Kingly Court’s Le Bab and Covent Garden’s Maison Bab are new-style places à la BabaBoom. In bright, light surrounds, the main events are familiar, but the accompaniments are not: 15-hour pork shawarma, for example, is served on house-made flatbread with spiced celeriac, date purée, pickled endive, crackling and garlic. Drinks menus are similarly inventive – look out for the Gin & Chronic, with added CBD oil.
Kingly Court, Carnaby Street, West End, W1B 5PW; 4 Mercer Walk, Covent Garden, WC2H 9FA
Visit EatLeBab.com & MaisonBab.com
Mangal means barbecue. Even if you didn’t know that, you’d know what Mangal 1 was all about from the large mangal that greets arrivals at this cult Dalston restaurant. At different times, Jamie Oliver and Yotam Ottolenghi have nominated it as a favourite cheap eat. It’s a place to crack a cold beer (bring your own) and order a large plate of tender, juicy mixed meats.
10 Arcola Street, Dalston, E8 2DJ
Mangal 2 stands apart from Mangal 1 after the founder of both, Ali Dirik, cut ties with his original a while back. Here, the standards remain high and the kebab choices plentiful, each one served in time-honoured style with pide bread, rice, salad, punchy chilli and garlic yoghurt sauce. There’s a reliable supporting cast of hot and cold meze starters, as well as decent veggie options.
4 Stoke Newington Road, Stoke Newington, N16 8BH