It must be tough to be a Turkish restaurant in North London. With competition on every corner and a lot of great, cheap food available, you have to have to play the game well to prosper. Antepepliler is the more glitzy version of its sister restaurant on that most famous road for Turkish food – Green Lanes – so I was confident enough that it would know its stuff.
The menu here is enormous – in physical size if not choice (although that’s not bad either) – great, as one of the table commented, for long-sighted family members. There was plenty of veggie options, as would be expected, from the usual hot and cold meze platters, plus a nice spinach pide.
The complimentary bread that came to start was original – a big puffed up flat bread – and accompanied by two lovely spicy dips, plus some olives. The veggie mezze platter was very tasty and nicely presented, and with a few surprise bits and pieces – a couple of moist tomato doughy ball (no idea what’s it called) and some roasted tomatoes – plus the expected halloumi, falafel, hummus etc. For desert we had some baclava – a little pricey at £4 for 3 pieces, considering many restaurants give them to you for free at the end, but good nonetheless.
All in all, the food couldn’t be faulted. If you like your restaurants with twinkly lights and near the tube, head here. If you prefer a louder, busy but perhaps more authentic experience, you might prefer to head to the original Antepliler restaurant on Green Lanes, where you can also pick up some great baklava to take home from one of the many Turkish patisserie shops.