Diyarbakir is a friendly, family run, Kurdish restaurant in the heart of Green Lanes, Harringay.
We often travel to Green Lanes, for some of London’s best Turkish and Kurdish restaurants. There are quite a few restaurants along here which are very popular, and although many have doubled, or even tripled in size, in the evenings they still have long queues. Göküzü and Antepliler, have been two of our favourites for years, serving consistently excellent food.
My son’s tutor who happens to be Turkish, recommended we try his favourite restaurant, Diyarbakir. There are actually two Diyarbakirs, one along the road from the other, so we tried the larger one (Diyarbakir kitchen) hoping we would be seated quicker.
The restaurant is actually quite large and seems to continue down a corridor to the back. Seating is comfortable and it is nice to see tables for two that can comfortably accommodate the mixed grill platter. It was very busy, and the staff were rushed off their feet but they were friendly, funny and helpful.
We ordered the Platter No. 1, which is their smallest mixed grill (for two people), and comes with a couple of cold meze and a salad. The cold meze were Ispanak Tarator (cold yogurt with steamed spinach), was lovely as a dip with the bread and Kisir (Bulgur wheat mixed with finely chopped onions, red peppers with parsley).
We also ordered these Sigara Böreği (deep-fried filo pastry stuffed with feta cheese and parsley) in addition to the Platter and they were amazing. I’ve tried so many at other restaurants that are either not cooked through or have hardly anything inside, but these were just right, with melt in the mouth pastry and a tasty filling.
We had to order the huge, paper-thin Lahmacun which was topped with delicious spicy lamb.
I love the roasted Romano pepper on top of the grilled meat adding colour. The grilled meats – minced lamb kebab, chicken breast cubes, lamb cubes, lamb ribs and chicken wings – were nicely cooked, with great flavours. The chicken was succulent and not dry, the ribs were excellent, but the lamb cubes were my favourite – wonderfully tender and juicy. It was served on a bed of Turkish rice with butter.
We couldn’t finish the platter of food, so we took it home and happily finished it the next day. I shall find out soon if we ended up at the right Diyarbakir, but we enjoyed our meal here and shall definitely return soon.
52-53 Grand Parade, Green Lanes, Harringay N4 1AG
Tel: 020 8802 5498
Monday – Saturday 9:00 am – 01:00am