Cirik Restaurant – Hackney, London
A warm sunny day in London. A wander down the Regents Canal, a dash through Broadway Market, a pint of Shandy at London Fields, a meander around Sutton House, a mosey around Burberry Outlet, a search for somewhere to eat.
I was a bit surprised not to find many good restaurants in Hackey, I’m sure I must have overlooked them. I even used the Top Table app on the iPhone to try and track one down but to no avail. The only one it pointed me to was Cirik Restaurant near Hackney Central Station.
From the outside it didn’t look too promising. Painted purple and gold, it looked a bit like a down at heel lap-dancing club. Looking through the windows was the reassuring sight of crisp white tablecloths but no punters. I wondered if it was closed but was pleased to see a chef turning skewers over a huge charcoal ocakbasi grill.
Our greeting was really friendly, we ordered a bottle of Yakut turkish red wine which was reasonably priced at £15. Then we ordered from the 3 course set menu at £13.95. We both had the lamb shish for the main, for starters we had cacik (kind of garlicky tzatziki) and hummus. This came with turkish bread which was kind of like focaccia with sesame seeds sprinkled on the top. We also had a side order of baby squid which was deep fried in a light batter and served with a disappointingly sharp tartare sauce which was probably out of a bottle.
The main course was delicious. Lamb still tender in the centre and charcoal charred on the outside. With it came rice and the house special pomegranate grilled onion salad and another salad where onions featured heavily. This didn’t bode well for the theatre later! Service continued to be excellent and friendly. We finished the meal with delicious baklava and ice cream then rolled onto the 38 bus home.
Cirrik Turkish Restaurant 1-3 Amhurst Road Hackney East London