Sandwiched between London’s Camberwell and Greenwich, RenyA Restaurant occupies a space that has historically struggled for an identity of its own. This elegant Turkish eatery on New Cross Road, however, has carved out a niche for itself away from the difficult mesh of affluence and poverty that surrounds it. Instead here is affordable Turkish cuisine serving elegant and fragrant dishes to Southwark’s hungry hordes with even-handed, democratic service.
We were a table of 7 dining during the week therefore it was one the quieter nights. We were seen to immediately and the service was great. The reason I have scored a mediocre score is due to the food, I have eaten at many Turkish restaurants and in comparison this restaurant ranks quite low in the quality of food. The food was lacking in flavour, and my dish (moussaka) was luke warm (not hot) and tasted as though it was from frozen.
The menu at this New Cross Road eatery is a homage to the best in Turkish food in London. Diners at Reyna Restaurant are invited to try barbecued meats (try the ever-popular mixed kebab for a taste of Turkish meats done right) or go for tapas-style eating with a mix of cold and hot starter plates (we like the cacik plate of seasoned yogurt which is popular everywhere in the former Ottoman Empire). There is plenty on offer here to share, tear and enjoy together at this relaxed bistro.
For those looking for something heartier, there are plenty of Turkish casseroles at Reyna Restaurant to keep diners warm through the cold London winter as well as a handful of seafood and vegetarian main courses to boot. Join the team at Reyna restaurant, between New Cross and New Cross Gate on the Overground, every day from 12pm right through until closing time (11pm, except on Sundays at 10pm). Diners regularly fill this Southwark eatery so a reservation is a good idea, especially at the weekends when things get very busy.