Moments from Highbury & Islington station is a local gem for fans of proper Turkish cuisine. We’re not talking about a better-than-average kebab house – London’s Noa Restaurant serves up traditional Anatolian cuisine, food made with ancient tradition firmly in mind. A family-run affair down Upper Street, the dining room is stylishly appointed, with an open kitchen giving diners a tantalising taste of the feast to come. Capable of accommodating 68 covers, Noa is perfect for your next celebration.
There’s Turkish cuisine, then there’s Anatolian cuisine. Geographically, the regions are more or less synonymous, but when a restaurant has the confidence to describe the cuisine it creates as Anatolian, what is implied is a kitchen staff with a deep understanding of the complex, ancient culinary traditions that have always been an important aspect of life in the part of the world we now know as Turkey. Noa Restaurant, down Upper Street in London’s Islington, is one such eatery, and its confidence is entirely justified. There are many of the familiar dishes that any convert to Turkish food knows and loves, but also a selection of traditional Anatolian dishes that beg to be explored.
Beginning a meal at Islington’s Noa Restaurant with a selection of cold and hot starters is almost mandatory. As always, Turkish food is best shared in a group, so bring friends and family and dig into the chef’s special karisik soguk meze or karisik sicak meze, a selection of six cold or hot meze dishes. Any connoisseur of Turkish (or Balkan, southeastern European, or Middle Eastern) cuisine should turn to the traditional Anatolian dishes that are the backbone of this special London restaurant. Watch as the expert chefs in this Upper Street open kitchen prepare dishes such as the ezmeli kebab, a specialty of the southeastern Anatolian city of Gaziantep, which finds Adana kofte on a bed of ezme, a traditional Turkish salsa of finely chopped tomatoes, onions, parsley and Anatolian herbs. This is just a teaser of the less well-known delights on offer at Noa. Book now and take a gastronomic journey through Anatolia.
The food was great as always. The staff were friendly and the service was prompt. Took a friend there for the first time and they thought it was excellent.
Brilliant service and the food is always delicious, top recommendation for food in Highbury and Islington. They also catered to my dietary requirement which is always a bonus. Thanks guys!!!!
The food looked lovely and was really very good and the staff were incredibly helpful. Additionally the loos were really clean which is alwats reassuring!!
I love Noa. Hidden gem behind kebab shop frontage. Food very good and very reasonable. Staff friendly and the eat in experience is very pleasant.
The takeaway shopfront should not detract you from going inside. We had a quick dinner there before heading off the the cinema. Service was quick and very polite. The interior is cosy and they do their best to make sure you are not detracted by the take away business out front. Good for large groups as it does get quite noisy. Perfect for a casual dinner amongst friends. Lots of lamb and chicken dishes and a fairly good choice for vegetarians as well. My falafels were crisp and fresh and extremely well complemented with big serving of hummus, hot flat bread and tangy salad on the side.
An original Turkish doner kebab shop/restaurant with a difference! The restaurant area feels modern and luxurious, featuring black matte walls, a central roof window and wooden tables. I've ordered the lentil soup, which came with plenty of warm pitta bread and proved delicious - at only £4 a serving, you can't go wrong for a filling lunch meal!
Always great food and good service. Noa offers a varied menu at a very reasonable price. it is a great place to go with a bunch of mates for the evening and an excellent pre match venue for Arsenal home games.
Great place for a quick bite to eat before a concert at Union Chapel. Polite & prompt service, a wide variety of vegetarian options alongside plenty for meat eaters. Very tasty & fresh food. Thank you - we'll be back.
The Food and the service were both excellent. There was a very good selection to choose from on the menu and we were given a complimentary dessert which was delicious. Thoroughly recommend going there.
Great food, great value and really speedy efficient service - will be back! In a great spot for pre-match dinner if you're heading to The Emirates and going through Highbury and Islington station