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|Mekan was a Turkish restaurant on the High Street in [[Locale Purley|Purley]]. According to Google Street View, by June 2021 it had closed down and been replaced by another Turkish restaurant called Ege.
||Turkish restaurant on the High Street in [[Locale Purley|Purley]].
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The information below is retained for historical purposes.
Turkish restaurant on the High Street in [[Locale Purley|Purley]].
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<div class="last_verified">Last visited by [[Kake]] and [[bob]], January 2016.</div>
address='2 Purley Parade, Purley High Street, CR8 2AB'
<div class="last_verified">Last visited by [[Kake]] and [[bob]], January 2016. Opening times taken from the Mekan website, January 2016.</div>
address='2 Purley High Street'
category='Cocktails,Kebabs,Mezze,Restaurants,Step-Free Access,Turkish Food'
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summary='Now closed; was a Turkish restaurant on the High Street in Purley.'
phone='020 8645 9375'
website='' summary='Turkish restaurant on the High Street in Purley.'
Turkish restaurant on the High Street in Purley.
Care has been taken over the decor, with patterned tiles on the floor, chandelier-style lighting, and ornate mouldings on the ceiling, walls, and mirrors. Most of the seating is at freestanding tables, but a small dais running along the side of the room holds five padded half-height booths for 4-6 people. Towards the back, the charcoal grill is visible through a glass partition.
Kake and bob visited on a Friday evening in January 2016. There were only five other customers when we arrived a little before 6:30pm, but it was pretty lively by the time we left just over an hour later. Peaceful music was playing quietly when we arrived, also getting more lively with time.
A basket of bread was brought as we sat down, along with a little dish of chilli/olive relish photo. The bread had a decent crust, but aside from that was bland and crumbly. The chilli/olive relish was great though, with a good texture and flavour.
A shared starter of hummus kavurma (hummus with diced lamb; £4.90) photo was OK. The hummous itself was fine, but they'd drizzled a sweet glaze over it which looked pretty but spoiled the flavour somewhat. The lamb was flavourful but a little too chewy.
Kake chose the aubergine and minced meat kebab (£11) photo as a main course. There was a nice contrast of textures between the soft aubergine and the relatively dense meat, and they were also in good proportion to each other. This came covered in a tomato, onion, and red pepper sauce with a hint of chilli heat; the onions and red peppers could have done with longer cooking. The rice was a bit "easy cook", and the salad dressing tasted mainly of sharpness (and not in a good way).
Accessibility: A small step to get in, 1 or 2 inches. No further steps to toilets.
- Photos of the menu as of January 2016: starters/meze, kebabs and grills, steaks, seafood, pasta, and vegetarian, set menus and sides
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