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Laz Camden (Turkish)

Laz Camden Halal Restaurant Turkish

Laz Camden offers a fully Halal Turkish food menu in a warm and inviting setting.

The 70-seater restaurant, which includes a table or two for four outside, also houses a meze bar, but one that’s discreetly located away at the back.

Laz Camden Halal Restaurant TurkishWhat isn’t discreet, however, is its celebration of the history of Turkey’s modern entertainment industry that’s the focal point of its interior decor.

Stylised portraits of some of Turkey’s most commemorated celebraties decorate the walls therein.

Along with arguably the country’s most famous literary figure, poet and playwright Nazim Hikmet, aficionados will also recognise musician Orhan Gencebay, and popular film actress Belgin Doruk.

With retractable drapes across the open ceiling window at the far end of the eatery, leathered tan seats, brickwork walls, black chairs and wooden tables, Laz Camden has bags of Turkish character.

COMPLIMENTARY

Laz Camden Halal Restaurant Turkish Complimentary goats cheese

Complimentary – Goats Cheese and Sundried Tomatoes with Crusty Bread

This elaborate complimentary starter of a trio of goat’s cheese balls, a small bowl of sundried tomatoes and a few thin slices of crusty bread was generous.

While the creamy balls of mild goat’s cheese were sufficiently strong enough to mask the flavour of the three ingredients in which these were rolled in, the Sundried tomatoes were wet and pungent and perfect for dunking the bread in.

DRINKS

Laz Camden Halal Restaurant Turkish Drinks Mocktail Cocktail Daquiri Beverage Juice

(Left-right) Raspberry Mojito £8.00, Bellini (Aperitif (non-Alcoholic) Mocktail) £7.00, Ayran £2.50, Strawberry Daquiri £8.00

Aside from the Ayran, which was refreshingly salty, watery and yoghurty, the mocktails were quite underwhelming.

The Bellini, which is usually presented as a Aperitif, was more Mango syrup-cum-pulp in texture than anything else, lacking any real kick.

And while the Strawberry Daquiri was extremely sweet with a curious hint of bitterness to it, the Raspberry Mojito was well balanced and easily the most intriguing.

MEZES

Laz Camden Halal Restaurant Turkish

PatlicanHummusQuinoa TabuleBiber BoraniPastirmaMücverHellimÜsküp BöreiBread
Laz Camden Halal Restaurant Turkish Meze aubergine

Patlican (v) – Char-grilled aubergine, homemade tomato sauce, strained yoghurt, £5.50

The chunks of aubergine in this attractive looking Patlican were soft, creamy and non-gooey, and went well with the sweetness of the vibrantly red tomato sauce and the sourness of the yoghurt. Quite delicious.

Laz Camden Halal Restaurant Turkish meze hummus

Hummus (v) – Tomatoes, chickpeas, parsley, urfa chilli and extra virgin olive oil, £4.50

A good hummus is defined by its smooth consistency before anything else. Sadly, this was grainy!

And though the chickpea and tomato garnish added a touch of tang to things, the hummus itself was on the dry side.

Laz Camden Halal Restaurant Turkish Meze Quinoa

Quinoa Tabule (v) – With feta cheese, pomegranate and walnuts, £5.00

The first thing to hit you with this well textured Quinoa Tabule was the mint, swiftly followed by the burst of sweetness from the fresh pomegranate seeds, and the saltiness of the feta cheese, while the crunch of the walnuts provided textural contrast.

Not a bad dish this, but nothing that’ll leave you reeling.

Laz Camden Halal Restaurant Turkish meze peppers

Biber Borani (v) – Smoked red and green peppers, strained yoghurt, urfa chilli, £5.50

Mixed views followed this Biber Borani. While one Lion considered this as “nothing special”, the others appreciated the way in which the simple sprinkle of urfa powder added a touch of chilli to the subtly smoked red and green peppers, that were themselves well tempered by the sourness of the yoghurt.

Laz Camden Halal Restaurant Turkish Meze Beef Sausage

Pastirma – Spicy beef sausage, lavash bread, tomatoes, red oinion, parsley and sumac, £6.00

Laz Camden Halal Restaurant Turkish Beef Sausage MezeGlisteningly inviting on the outside, these sausages certainly looked most appetising.

Chewy in texture, these turned out to be quite moist.

And with a spicy-peppery flavour, these also had a most satisfying taste to them too.

Coupled with the onion and tomato salad, these treats were delightful to masticate on.

Laz Camden Halal Restaurant Turkish Meze Courgette

Mücver (v) – Courgette, feta cheese and mint fritters, yoghurt and dill sauce, £5.00

Again these Laz Camden Halal Restaurant TurkishMücver certainly looked the part.

When you receive a plate of fritters, with a beautifully brown and crispy looking exterior, topped with a dollop of yoghurt and a fried green leaf, you’re hoping for something flavourful.

And while these certainly impressed texturally, being light and crispy, they didn’t meet our taste expectations.

Instead, it was all very subtle, or as one Lion put it, “bland”.

Laz Camden Halal Restaurant Turkish Meze Hellim

Hellim (v) – Pan-fried hellim, honey, pomegranate, oregano dressing and nigella seeds, £6.50

Interesting this! While the Hellim turned out to be rubbery, we certainly appreciated the delicious sweet honey drizzle that left a pleasant though peculiar anaseedy-onion like aftertaste.

Laz Camden Halal Restaurant Turkish Meze Pastry

Üsküp Börei (v) – Puff pastry parcels with courgettes, shallots, mint, Roquefort sauce, £6.00

Laz Camden Halal Restaurant TurkishAs crispy and crunchy as these Üsküp Börei were, these puff pastries fell flat on their face.

For one, only the taste of the courgettes therein came through, and that too only just.

On the outside, however, the nigella seeds provided some of that onion flavour.

As for the Roquefort sauce, then this was grainy, insipid and brought nothing to the dish.

Laz Camden Halal Restaurant Turkish

Large slices of grill toasted bread to go with some of the cold mezes.

MEAT

Laz Camden Halal Restaurant Turkish Meat Lamb Ribs

Kuzu Kaburga – Smoked lamb ribs, pearl barley risotto, sumac & yoghurt, £12.00

These tremendous lamb ribs were juicy and incredibly spiced; and with a charred exterior, the smokiness that came through was subtle and just right.

As to the pearl barley risotto in this Kuzu Kaburga, then we weren’t entirely convinced that this starchy side, which was heavy with an almost mashed potato like consistency, was a complimentary accompaniment.

Similarly, the small yoghurt pot was sour and didn’t really add much to the dish.

In our collective opinion, a well conceived sauce that would work to enhance the flavour of the lamb, along with perhaps some rice, would be far better.

Laz Camden Halal Restaurant Turkish Meat Beef House Special

Cokertme (House Special) – Matchstick potatoes, buttery fresh tomato & herb sauce, strained yoghurt & marinated fillet of beef, £18.00

Alas, this House Special dish split the crowd.

Although the marinated fillet of beef was succulent and tender with a satisfyingly strong meaty flavour, we felt that the ratio of tomato to yoghurt as a base wasn’t quite right.

For one, we were all agreed that the tomato sauce failed to sufficiently counter the sourness of the strained yoghurt. And though the combo of the two was pleasant enough when had in the right quantity – the sweetness of the tomato ending in a light tangy mouthful – the overall balance of the dish wasn’t quite there.

Having partially soaked up the tomato sauce in which they rested, the little croutones were a nice touch. with the potato matchsticks working as a garnish more than anything else.

Laz Camden Halal Restaurant Turkish Meat Lamb Skewer Chicken Adana

Karisik Sis – Skewers of marinated lamb, chicken & adana kofta with lamb chop, lavash bread, tomato, red onion parsley & sumac, £14.00

This meat platter essentially revolved around the notion of subtlety; hence, the lamb chop was lightly marinated, soft, juicy and decently charred. And though the pair of dainty chicken and adana kofta skewers were soft and succulent, the former was barely marinated while the latter lightly so and with a sweet undertone.

The parsley and red onion salad was a good accompaniment though.

All in all, well cooked selection of meats that you’d just as easily find at a decent Turkish joint and for far less too!

Laz Camden Halal Restaurant Turkish Meat Lamb

Pazi Dolmasi – Swiss chard filled with seasoned ground lamb, rice & herbs, tomato & yoghurt sauce, £9.00

This certainly looked the part with its red, white and green makeup.

The Pazi Dolmasi was essentially the same yoghurt and tomato sauce pairing as had with the Cokertme. In this case, however, the slight bitterness of the swiss chard helped to counter the sourness of the yoghurt far better than its counterpart. The ground lamb and rice, however, did seem underseasoned.

A decent enough dish.

FISH

Laz Camden Halal Restaurant Turkish Fish Monkfish

Fener Baligi – Pan fried monkfish, basil mash potato, honey, ginger and lemon sauce. £14.00

The Feber Baligi was easily the dish of the review!

What we had here was a lightly seasoned and perfectly pan fried monkfish that was rich in flavour and utterly soft. The gentle heat of the pepper, which came through at the end, was a great touch particularly when had with the sweet butteriness of the softly textured basil mash.

A delightful dish from start to finish. RECOMMENDED!

VEGETARIAN

Laz Camden Halal Restaurant Turkish vegetarian

Yuvalama (v) – Herbed cracked wheat dumplings, chickpeas, mint, tomato and Urfa chilli sauce, £8.00

In spite of this vegetarian stew being smartly presented in a large wooden container, it ultimately lacked any real depth of flavour.

And the fact that the wheat dumplings were dense and doughy didn’t help either. It’s true that the chickpeas were soft, but the only thing that really materialised in this pot was a hint of the Urfa chilli.

DESSERTS

TiriliceTahini ProfiteroleTurkish Delight CheesecakeRice Pudding
Laz Camden Halal Restaurant Turkish Desserts

Tirilice £5.50

Now this was a stunning dessert and utterly different to what we’ve had at other Turkish eateries.

The star of this smartly presented Tirilice was, of course, the soft and delicate sponge in the middle. This was beautifully saturated in milk and covered in a subtly sweet caramel glaze that was well tempered by the sharp sweetness of the raspberry sauce and droplets decorating its circumference.

A gorgeous and well balanced dessert.

Laz Camden Halal Restaurant Turkish Dessert Tahini Profiterole

Tahini Profiterole £6.00

Not exactly fresh! Consequently, these ultra-cold Tahini Profiteroles were a little dry, overly sweet, and unremarkable.

Laz Camden Halal Restaurant Turkish Dessert Cheesecake

Turkish Delight Cheesecake £5.50

While this Turkish Delight Cheesecake was a little dense, its composition wasn’t all that bad, with the chocolate base and white chocolate topping being well countered by the sharp cherry sauce poured over the top.

Laz Camden Halal Restaurant Turkish dessert Rice Pudding

Rice Pudding £5.00

The blowtorched sugary-cum-crunchy top sprinkled with crushed nuts worked well against the relatively smooth, though fairly cold, milky rice underneath.

A decent dessert where the slight bitterness of the burned top left a weird smoky aftertaste.

THE ROAR
Laz Camden
3 FTL's Roar
4.5 Pride's Roar (3 Roars)
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Summary
Having opened in July, Laz Camden offers a number of delightful dishes which suggests that this Turkish restaurant certainly has potential.

It's apparent though that some of the dishes we had were a little underwhelming.

There's no denying, however, that Laz Camden is attempting, through both its food and decor, to elevate Turkish cuisine above the ordinary and, thus, stand out from the crowd.

Menu Recommendation

Drink - Raspberry Mojito

Starter - Pastirma

Main - Fener Baligi

Dessert - Tirilice

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Laz Camden
1 Highgate West Hill, London N6 6JS.

T: +44 (0)20 8342 8355 | W: numanbrands.com/lazcamden | E: laz.camden@numanbrands.com

Opening Hours: Mon-Sun 07:00-23:30

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