Gezi Park’s Turkish grill in Wanstead was all charcoal
In all honesty, the place actually looks like an upmarket old people’s home!
Having said that though, it did have a homely and relaxed feel to it.
And with not many, if any, Halal options available in Wanstead, this was a desperate find.
I was quickly welcomed in on my arrival, politely seated, and attended to curtly.
Judging a restaurant by their complementary bites is often a good way of judging whether you’ve made a good choice or not. Thankfully the above were amazing for a freebee.
Good bread with home made sauces and pickled olives; as good as a paid starter in my opinion.
Having come for a quick bite, when a person sees an open kitchen right there at the front door before seeing all that meat being cooked on 100% coal, it’s difficult not to go for the mixed grill, quick bite or not.
The meat was well cooked, with good charring, and not dry.
I don’t know how or if it was marinated beforehand, but let’s just say it had little flavour other than the taste of charcoal, which was quite disappointing really. And the same was true of the adana, which was equally tasteless.
What made this dish better than it was, however, is the complementary sauces that came with it.
The vinegar-pomegranate sauce (below) with onions was splendid for using as a dip for all that meat.
The meat needed more marination. But, better mixed grills can be found elsewhere.
The most enjoyable part had to have been the pomegranate sauce, which says a lot about the grills I know.
Although I realise my expectations for grills are very high, I wouldn’t be surprised if the average diner finds these above average.
T: +44 (0)20 8530 5499 | W: geziparkrestaurant.com
Opening Hours: Sun-Thu 12:00-23:00 | Fri-Sat 12:00-00:00