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.
Good service good food. The staff were excellent and no waiting.
Superb. Tastiest Turkish food ever. I highly recommend this restaurant.
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.