London is home to the whole world, and as a result the whole of the world comes to eat in the city. The Turkish community is centred around North London, but south of the river in Streatham, there is an outpost of the famed open-grill ocakbasi style cooking. On Streatham Hill, just a short wander from Streatham Hill train station, they serve up classic Turkish hot and cold mezze, casseroles and fish dishes, and the obligatory kebabs and grill dishes.
There is plenty to get excited about in Turkish cuisine. Mezze to start off with, whether they be hummus, kisir and cacik dips, dolmades or tator of the cold selections, or falafel, garlic prawns and sucuk sausage from the warm menu, followed by a soup, perhaps, and then the full range of meat, fish, vegetarian dishes and desserts. At Troy Barbeque on Streatham Hill in South London’s Streatham district, you can try them all.
While the menu does run the whole gamut of Turkish specialities at Troy Barbecue, the true wonder of this restaurant is found in the ocakbasi, the open charcoal grill. Using acorn wood, which imparts a unique flavour on the meats, Troy Barbecue offers a selection of lamb chops, chicken skewers, beef kofte and any number of other variants of kebab to the South London public from their location on Streatham Hill: so book a table now and take a trip to Turkey.
Generally OK , a pleasant evening out for all five of us. No complaints (except that I had to go out in the rain to get some cash because their credit card reader was out of action).