There are many Turkish meze restaurants with Istanbul in the name, but only one true Istanbul Meze in Leeds’ Roundhay, one of the largest areas in the city and one in dire need of quality Middle Eastern cuisine. Promoting the eminently social mode of meze dining that is part of daily life in Turkey and the Middle East, Istanbul Meze offers a menu packed with dishes designed to be shared around the table among friends and family. Stepping inside Istanbul Meze’s Street Lane premises, the first thing you’ll notice – by sight and smell – is the restaurant’s open charcoal grill, where succulent meat and vegetarian morsels are prepared the traditional way for an inimitably smoky flavour. With a belly dancer performing once a month and a great value two-course special available Sunday to Thursday, Istanbul Meze is sure to be your new favourite Turkish restaurant.
Nice friendly service and simple but very tasty food I started with the Turkish sausage, then chicken breast kebab both with salad and cucumber dip, houmous and flat breads. Chicken in a lovely marinade Staff also helpfully made a change to the menu for my young son
Terrible service. After waiting for 50 minutes for our food, waiter came back and advised us that they didn't have it tonight. Can't comment on the quality of the food - walked out!
It felt more like we were sat in a takeaway than a restaurant but paying restaurant prices. The restaurant lacked atmosphere and we spent most of our time there sat next to Deliveroo drivers. Food was ordinary and we're given a wine list but told after we could only order house wine!