Turkish cuisine is as huge and varied as the country itself, but a few of their specialities stand out above the rest. The kebab is probably the most famed of Turkish dishes, and the ocakbasi, the open charcoal grill, is the traditional method of grilling meat. At Efes Mangal on Braunstone Gate in Leicester’s West End, near De Montfort University and Leicester Castle in Westcotes, the grill lights up at 12 noon for lunch, and keeps going until closing time – so book a table now.
The kebab is a British favourite, but it would be fair to say that it perhaps doesn’t enjoy the most haute cuisine reputation. At Efes Mangal on Braunstone Gate out in Westcotes, also known as the city’s West End, they are doing a lot to expand the boundaries of what Turkish cuisine means to the people of Leicester. Its location – near to De Montfort University and Leicester Castle, as well as the River Soar – is perfect for tourists, students and locals alike, and its menu brings in the finest in Turkish cooking.
The key to this style of Turkish cuisine is the ocakbasi, the open charcoal grill. Chicken and lamb are marinated in spices, and then skewered and placed on the grill to cook, then served up with herbs and vegetables. These kebabs can also be accompanied by mezze, vegetarians options and washed down with the eponymous Efes beer. Efes Mangal is one of the most popular restaurants in Leicester’s West End, so make sure that you book a table when you head down to Braunstone Gate in Westcotes for a meal.
Superb. Tastiest Turkish food ever. I highly recommend this restaurant.
Best restauraunt in lc lush and plush food tatse like the end of a rainbow simply magical would advise any body in leicester to eat there
Very good food and staff. The restaurant was a bit chilly but to be fair it was-5 outside. We will go again. A good place
The food as always excellent, staff polite and very helpful, first time I had been in the afternoon and the service didn’t differ in anyway to the night time service , so would probably dine there more lunchtimes in the future
An excellent venue for a night out. The food is pretty awesome. The staff are very attentive. Setting s is modern with a relaxed feel. Food prices are OK however I found the alcohol prices a bit expensive. We were in a group of 9 in one of the booths around the edge. Obviously when on a night out we're out to have a good time. We might have made a bit of noise but was somewhat surprised when the waitress came back with complaints about the noise we were making. If you're out to have a good time......keep the noise down:( I'd definitely go again and will probably go out to make as much noise!
This was our second visit to Efes Mangal and as before the food was excellent. The staff are very attentive and the restaurant environment is lovely. I would highly recommend this restaurant and we will definitely be visiting again.
We were slightly late for our booking on a Sunday night but this was no problem and we were warmly welcomed The food was fantastic, the draught Peroni perfect and the service was friendly and efficient We really like the open kitchen where you could see the chefs at work and the whole place had a reallylovelyfamily feel. We will be back......
Absolutely brilliant!! The food was lovely, really tasty and perfectly cooked. The service perfect. The staff were really helpful and friendly, we couldn't have asked for any more. I'd highly recommend the restaurant to those wanting a venue for a party meal or to those just wanting a nice night out with a great atmosphere and lovely food.
We have been eating at Efes Mangal for four years now and the food is ALWAYS spectacular. Quality of service is excellent and they have a fully stocked bar.
Greeted with a smile, shown to a nice secluded corner, food arrived hot, tasty, and succulent! Waiting staff did not make us feel rushed, even though when we had finished our meal other customers were looking to see if we were going. Great food, reminded me of when I lived in Cyprus