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Turkish food is one of the most beloved cuisines in the UK, and from the humble kebab house to the top end Ottoman ocakbasi feast, there are more than a fair few places to pick up a Bosphorus speciality. Saray Restaurant on Norwood Road in Herne Hill definitely counts in the second bracket, with a menu that displays the very best in traditional Turkish cooking and a grill that is there to make the most of it all. They offer hot and cold mezze – hummus, cacik and dolma for the latter, sucuk sausage, calamari and fire roasted king prawn for the former – to begin, but the main event is the charcoal grill. Saray have kebabs, but they couldn’t be further from the standard elephant leg: these are kofte, minced meat with herbs, or shish, skewered meat exposed to flames and cooked to perfection. There is seafood too, and more than enough vegetarian options to keep you going, so book a table at Saray on Norwood Road in Herne Hill for one of the best Turkish restaurants in South London.
Lovely restaurant! The service was attentive and efficient. The food was delicious and the portion size very generous. We will definitely be back for more lamb!