Mekan meze – Catford

Mekan, a fairly new Turkish restaurant in Catford, is minimalist with a factory-style brick-wall interior and a neatly designed menu. While everything looks nice, it is – acoustically – a bit of a nightmare as the bare walls and lack of furnishings absorb no sound. With only a half full restaurant it can be difficult to hear the person next to you.

Our visit last night was a birthday treat so I wanted to ‘splash out’. We ordered a heap of hot meze dishes to share including:
~ borek (feta cheese, mushrooms and vegetables encased in a light, filo pastry – very good too)
~ patlican soslu (very tasty stewed aubergine)
~ peynirli mücver (Turkish patties made from grated courgette, cheese, parsley etc – I’ve made these at home and they’re absolutely divine)
~ hellim (grilled haloumi cheese – great, I don’t think you can go wrong with this)
~ kalamari (battered squid rings with a garlic sauce – slightly soggy batter but good enough)
~ whitebait (breadcrumbed, fried whitebait covered in fresh lemon juice)
~ sucuk hellim izgara (spicy Turkish sausage with more grilled haloumi)
~ falafel (chickpea, cinnamon, sesame seed and vegetable balls – the cinnamon flavour was intense and almost coffee-like and very good but there was another bleach-like flavour which cut through it, that I didn’t enjoy)

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Meze at Mekan

Having eaten plenty and enjoyed a good bottle of rioja, the total bill came to £50 excluding service. Mekan is definitely not a ‘splashing out’ type of restaurant – it is most certainly cheap and cheerful, with good (but not outstanding) food and drink. We had great service, there’s lots of veggie options on the menu and it’s one of the few good places to go in Catford. We’ll be back.

Restaurant info:
~ Lardbutty rating: 3 / 5
~ Type: Turkish, middle-eastern
~ Address: 11-13 Bromley Road, Catford, London
~ Postcode: SE6 2TS
~ Tel: 020 7998 1598
~ e: catford@mekanrestaurant.co.uk
~ Nearest train station(s): Catford, Catford Bridge
~ Website + menus: Mekan website
~ Location: Mekan map


RELATED LINKS
Nearby dining – Catford SE area:
~ Catford Bridge Tavern
~ Catford Chippy
~ El Poco Mexico
~ Sapporo Ichiban


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8 Responses

  1. I too have been to Mekan. Your review is spot on.

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