Bodrum Cafe Bar, N16 8EL
- 020 8809 1165
- 61 Stoke Newington High Street
Bodrum was a Turkish cafe on Stoke Newington High Street which closed in the spring of 2012. As of August 2012, it is now a tapas restaurant called Black Pig With White Pearls.
The information below is retained for people who want to know what it used to be like.
Inside, it's bright and airy, with solid wooden tables and friendly staff, like many of the cafes in the area. There's also a downstairs bar area which is open late and hosts occasional live music.
It has a good range of vegetarian breakfasts (see my London Breakfast review below), as well as separate sections for English breakfasts and Turkish breakfasts. There's also an evening menu, with mains at £8-10, as well as a number of set meals.
Food is tasty and healthy (my breakfast comes with a fresh, crispy salad). The fresh orange juice is brilliant value for the price (£1.90), is clearly freshly-squeezed (which was evident from the orange peels behind the counter) and comes in a very tall, large glass. The black coffee is also very fine.
On a visit in February 2009, we shared a set meal with six cold plates (£6.65/person), featuring hummous, tzatziki, one based on aubergine, and a couple of others, served with warm Turkish bread. We asked for halloumi to replace one of the six small dishes on offer, which they were happy to do. They have other set meals which cost a little more per person, with a greater variety of foods.