El Turkistan, SE1 5UE
- 020 7703 5172
- 304 Old Kent Road, SE1 5UE
- delivery times are 3pm-11pm
Not-great kebab place on the Old Kent Road. Also does takeaway and delivery.
Onion rings (£2) were the type made from shaped batter with a few bits of chopped onion in; they were lukewarm and chewy. They didn't even come with a dipping sauce.
Adana kebab (£6) was supposed to be "kofte charcoal grilled and served in a cooked pitta soaked in a special sauce"; it turned out to be mostly sauce and meat, with a few small pieces of chopped pitta bread lurking at the bottom of the sauce. The sauce was bland and greasy, tasting mainly of salt with a hint of tomato.
Trifle (£1.60) had been advertised on the menu as "shredded what [sic] stuffed with cinnamon, almonds and syrup", so I ordered it mainly to find out what it actually was. It turned out to be a pre-made "strawberry flavour trifle", with all the ingredients helpfully listed on the label so I could confirm that it in fact contained no strawberry products whatsoever. I ate a few spoonfuls of it. It was really really horrible. (It's made by these people.)
Perhaps the best thing I can say about this place is that the people who took my order and delivered the food were competent enough, and not unfriendly; and the food was packaged suitably.
Kake's verdict: I might possibly be willing to eat food from El Turkistan again if others in the household wanted to order from them, but I'd certainly not seek it out on purpose.