Cappadocia Ocakbasi, SW16 4DS
- 020 8764 3939
- 1154 London Road, SW16 4DS
- Mon: closed; Tue-Sun: noon-11pm
Turkish restaurant in Norbury.
It seats around 45 people inside, and has covered outdoor seating for another ten out the front.
bob visited on a Thursday evening in July 2016, shortly after a change to new management. When I arrived around 6pm there was a large group occupying the seating outside, and two customers inside; three more groups came in during my visit.
Once I'd ordered, a very puffed-up freshly-cooked pitta photo was brought to my table, along with olives, salad, olive oil, and what I think was garlic butter photo. The salad was fresh, and dressed with a sweet dressing. No charge was made for any of this.
I started with lahmacun (£2) photo and hummus kavurma (hummus with diced lamb; £5.50) photo. The lahmacun was good, and well-sized (I hate to think how big the main-course portion would be); the accompanying tomatoes, onion, and parsley were fresh. The hummus was served warm, with tender and well-spiced lamb.
Mixed kebab (£14.90) photo was accompanied by a different type of bread, fluffy and white photo. It also came with a small mound of bulgar wheat, which was fine, and a chilli sauce photo, which included tomatoes and had a peppery flavour.
The chicken and lamb shish were both tender and juicy, with a nice bit of char, and extra flavour came from the chilli oil used to baste the lamb. The lamb cutlet was crusted with pepper, and also juicy, with a touch of pinkness inside.
Two minced items were included: izgara kofte, a sort of burger made from lamb and beef; and adana kebab, a spiced cylinder of minced lamb moulded around a skewer for cooking. The izgara kofte was OK; the meat was minced very finely. The adana kebab had enough spice.
Baklava to finish (£4) photo was served with ice cream, and was OK.
No service charge was added to the bill.
Accessibility: A ramp to get in, and the entrance is fairly wide but has a 90-degree turn just inside. Another ramp down to the toilets, but the doors are probably too narrow to get a wheelchair through.
- Photos of the menu as of July 2016: main page 1, main page 2, main page 3, main page 4, lunch page 1, lunch page 2, desserts page 1, desserts page 2, desserts page 3, drinks page 1, drinks page 2
- South London Press review
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