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Summary

£37
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5
Exceptional
3
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2
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* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“One of the OGs and still one of the very best!” – this renowned Turkish dive in Dalston gets some diners’ votes as “the best-value restaurant in London”. “The smell of grilled meats entices you into the deservedly bustling interior”, where it “delivers amazing food every time”: “wonderful BBQ, lovely warm bread and generous salad”. One of owner Ali Dirik’s sons runs nearby Mangal 2, putting a more modern slant on grill cooking.

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£34
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5
Exceptional
3
Good
2
Average
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Succulent BBQ meat and great-value meze” have earned this Turkish grill in Dalston a major and well-earned reputation. For some, a meal here represents “the best value in London” – helped by a “liberal BYO policy that means you drink as well as your cellar allows”. Top Tips: “the sweetbreads are sensational”. And for an ambitious modern take on cooking over fire, head round the corner to Mangal 2, now run by owner Ali Dirik’s sons Sertaç and Ferhat (see also).

Summary

£37
    £
5
Exceptional
2
Average
2
Average
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Often imitated, never beaten!” – Dalston’s original Mangal grill is still “the long-running undisputed champion” of “sublime Turkish/Kurdish barbecues”. And it’s not just for carnivores: “they also serve top, authentic homemade mezze – including a good range of veggie choices”. Regularly name-checked by celeb chefs (Ottolenghi, Oliver et al), it’s also “great value – a meal for two for the price of a single course elsewhere”. Top Tip: “BYO policy means you can bring along the best bottle from your own cellar!” (Mangal 2, two minutes’ walk away, has been taken over by Ali Dirik’s sons, and is now a place of some ambition; The Observer’s Jay Rayner called it “serious and inventive… properly delicious”.)

Summary

£29
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5
Exceptional
2
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2
Average
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Still the best Turkish BBQ in town”, say fans of the original Mangal grill that put Dalston on the carnivore’s map. “I’ve been coming here for over 20 years and it’s still one of my all-time favourite restaurants. Never fails with great food and excellent service”. BYO helps keep the costs down.

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Mangal 1 Restaurant Diner Reviews

Reviews of Mangal 1 Restaurant in E8, London by users of Hardens.com. Also see the editors review of Mangal 1 restaurant.
Martin B
Loud, friendly and very tasty!! Bright clat...
Reviewed 3 months, 15 days ago

"Loud, friendly and very tasty!! Bright clattering room and meats grilled to smoky perfection. All Mangal boxes ticked!!!"

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A N
Mangal 1's still got it! Juicy grilled meat...
Reviewed 7 months, 25 days ago

"Mangal 1's still got it! Juicy grilled meats make this one of the top three or four of the forest of old-school Turkish joints on the Dalston/Stoke Newington strip, with quality as reliably high and an environment as basic as ever."

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Prices

Traditional European menu

Starter Main Pudding
£5.00 £14.30 £3.50
Drinks  
Wine per bottle £18.00
Filter Coffee £2.00
Extras  
Service 10.00%
Opening hours
Monday12 pm‑12 am
Tuesday12 pm‑12 am
Wednesday12 pm‑12 am
Thursday12 pm‑12 am
Friday12 pm‑1 am
Saturday12 pm‑1 am
Sunday12 pm‑12 am

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