What is it about Turkish cuisine that makes it just so darn good? Is it the freshness of the produce used? Is it the succulent meats from the charcoal that quite literally melt in your mouth? Or perhaps the glorious array of mezze dishes? To be honest, we think it’s all of the above plus more, and if you’re after the best of Turkish cuisine in London, well the choice is obvious. Efes Turkish Restaurant is a London institution, and has well and truly stood the test of time. Owner Kazim Usta opened the first one in 1975 and hasn’t looked back, and their spot on Commercial Road in Whitechapel is brimming with all the some seriously incredible dishes and all we can say is – why are you still reading? Get down there asap!
London favourite Efes Turkish Restaurant are undoubtedly up there with the best restaurants in town. With several peppered through the city, their Commercial Road space in Whitechapel is a local favourite and the team have got the foodie scene buzzing with their extensive menu, and impeccable service. With their menu being so enticing, we’ve discovered the best thing to do is to pay Efes Turkish Restaurant a visit with a group, and opt to share several dishes so you can indulge in multiple dishes and delight those taste buds well and truly.
Start your Efes Turkish Restaurant rendezvous with the mixed mezze of hummus, tabbouleh, caci, rus salatasi and patlican ezme, which is a combination of several starters, and an excellent way to get amongst dishes you perhaps haven’t tried before. Following that, we have a soft spot for pide, which is a Turkish pizza topped with a range of fillings like minced lamb, or garlic sausage and cheese. The team at this London delight also have a range of vegetarian dishes so no matter your dietary preference, you’ll be well-catered for. Located on Commercial Road, this Whitechapel institution simply needs to be sampled, so go forth, feast and enjoy!
Excellent quality, huge quantity, friendly staff, worth it prices. Highly recommended to anyone who wants to eat till he drops. Would suggest the Efes platter no.2 for any group of 4 and more.
Best Turkish in east London, great food at a reasonable price and friendly staff . Had the Effes 2 platter which was more than enough for 4 people
Great restaurant. While we were waiting for our friends arival I was surprised to get surved tea, the quality of the service is very good. The food was also served quickly and I enjoyed my experience, I recommend It.
Lovely restaurant, have been there a few times and never disappointed with the food or service. Will be going there again for sons birthday celebration!
Great food! Great service! Just Great! We had a table of 9 people and they couldn't have been accommodating if they tried. All the food was cooked how we liked it and my LAMB CHOPS were amazing. Even thinking about them makes me want to go get some now. We took our own alcohol, however we noticed they've started selling beers and spirits, which was rather annoying as we'd gone to Tesco next door and bought a considerable amount of alcohol. However it won't go to waste with Christmas around the corner. :-) We had starters and mains each, with a few of us having a desert. The bill came to £247 which was just great! We worked it out a £30 a head including a tip - which was great food with good company we all thought was pretty good. We had a drink in The Culpepper(commercial street) before heading to the restaurant which was about a 8min walk from there. Thoroughly enjoyed the evening and will be returning soon :-)
This was Saturday and the restaurant was busy,but very nice food.One thing was my fault or staff.My friends have meat with bulgur and no one suggest that they have to order salads separate.I had something else ordered and when I noticed was too late.They food was tasty but without salads too dry.My earlier experience from other Turkish restaurant they ever serve the food with salad. Why I missed it.My friends did not ask me because they were my guests . Generally a great evening.
Lovely service and very friendly staff. Great food! The restaurant is very clean and modern. Busy and popular but not too busy to feel forgotten by staff. Will be visiting again. Thank you very much!
Food is mediocre. On the Bland side. Definitely not gluten free friendly and even the rice ( which is the base of every meal) contains gluten. Staff was nice but service was very slow. Although once the food was ordered it arrived promptly. The salad and dressing was good. Can’t speak for desert as we didn’t order. I’d recommend removing a couple of tables because they are uncomfortably close together.
The stuffs are very lovely , sweet welcoming client and food was cooked very well . Good place to bring family's and friends to have fun . I will always come back to Efes
The restaurant looks very nice was warm and the food was delicious filled with many tastes and was extremely tasty. I would come back here to eat again. I recommend the special platter 2