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January 30th, 2011

ANTEPLILER (Islington)

Category: Bistro (££)yellow traffic5 150x150 ANTEPLILER (Islington)

There is a plethora of Turkish restaurants on Upper Street in Islington and the food can be a bit hit and miss. The food at Antepliler clearly fell into the former category. We went there for a quick Sunday lunch before going to the London Art Fair at the Business Design Centre after reading the very positive review on Time Out.

 ANTEPLILER (Islington)
We were not disappointed, at least not by the food. The service however, even though friendly, was incredibly slow and inefficient. For example, we ordered a bottle of water at one waiter, he says he will get us another waiter, we order the bottle again at the different waiter, when it still doesn’t arrive (we are now already finished with the food) we find a third waiter and so on… and so on… (I should mention that there were only 2 tables occupied and twice as many waiters present than customers).

Anyway, let’s focus on the positive things. A very big plus was the complementary bread, still steaming, and the free, very tasty olives and spicy, pepper-vegetable dip. ANTEPLILER (Islington)

 ANTEPLILER (Islington)

After a weekend of unhealthy eating and drinking we felt very vegetarian  and therefore went for the Vegetarian Meze Platter (9). This was a generous selection of Turkish starters: creamy and moreish hummus, tabouleh with loads of fresh parsley and lemon just the way I like it, rather mediocre halloumi , lovely and smooth falafel, borek with feta and not at all greasy, refreshing yogurt with garlic and cucumber and a lot more that I couldn’t quite identify – most of it was very good.

 ANTEPLILER (Islington)

The lamb sausages (5) were less successful. Dry as a bone and not overly tasty I was glad that this was the only non-vegetarian dish we had ordered.
 ANTEPLILER (Islington)

I loved the salad with walnut and pomegranate (4.5), such an unusual but all the more dainty combination. The only small criticism maybe were the tomatoes that tasted like pale, insipid winter tomatoes, so I think this salad must be even better when we finally going to get tomatoes with taste again in London.
 ANTEPLILER (Islington)

Overall Antepliler is an excellent and safe choice for a quick bite to eat when you are in the area. I haven’t tried the main courses there yet but shall do on my next visit.

  • Food: 6.5/10
  • Service: 4/10
  • Ambiance: 5/10
  • Value for money: 7.5/10
  • Chances of returning: 10%
  • Verdict: The Turkish restaurant to go to on Upper Street

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4 comments to ANTEPLILER (Islington)

  • Ah… did you get your water at the end? They probably had to get theirs from the Sainsbury Local nearby. :)

    Seems like we should go vegetarian when we drop by Antepelier. Thanks for the heads up!

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  • I thought the food here was good (for the location) although there is obviously better to be found in Dalston and Green Lanes, in particular the Lahmacun and the meze. The mains we had, while decent, didn’t live up to the starters. Like you, we also had the bizarrely inattentive service. I do hope they get that ironed out, if they do, I’ll definitely come back for more.

  • Ute

    @ The Grubworm – I am planning to try the ones in Dalston on Wednesday as going to the Arcola theatre and are then in the area anyway. Otherwise just too far for me… Any recommendations? Didn’t try the mains but read your review (on which by the way I commented but it didn’t come up, I don’t seem to be able to comment on wordpress blogs anymore…???)

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