It's hard to find a great Turkish restaurant, especially one with authenticity, the right atmosphere and with a setting that's both cosy but chic. Laz @ Camden has got it all - and on a cold, dreary February evening, walking into this restaurant is a welcome respite.
Dark wood, exposed bricks and the smell of delicious Turkish food greets us as our waiter shows us to our table. For a mid-week evening, the restaurant is busy, whilst the layout and atmospheric lighting gives it a buzzing, yet calm feeling. From our seat mid-way down the restaurant, we can see what's going on up and down the main restaurant floor but also downstairs to the open counter kitchen where our food is being prepared, the scent of which wafts past our noses as we scour the menu.
And this is what owner, Numan Devrim, has strived for in this restaurant. With several fantastic eateries under his belt, Numan, who is himself of Turkish decent, has strived to bring his culture and soul into Laz, whilst focusing on how the atmosphere of the restaurant feels to it's visitors,
‘I’ve tried really hard to make all my places fun and welcoming. This is how it is in Turkey, and to me it is very important.’
And this is exactly how it feels. From the music, to the friendly waiters, to the mood lighting, Laz definitely makes us settle in for the night.
There's a huge drink selection to start with, but Numan has assured us that cocktails should be our starting point, so we make our way through the list. From the 'Marry Me' to the 'Kiss Me Quick', I've never propositioned a waiter so much, but they all take it in good humour and the drinks are as sweet as their names.
So, what's on the cards for dinner at Laz? The menu is authentic and extensive, and whether you're a meat lover, fancy some fish or are vegetarian, it's got you covered.
We opt for the sharing dishes and start off with some hummus kavurma (hummus topped with lamb and pinenuts - a Turkish speciality) and breads. Over cocktails, it does just enough to tease our tastebuds before we tuck into the lamb chops, hallumi, king prawns and calamari. Everything is delicious, with the fiery Turkish flavours really coming through (the lamb and prawns were definitely my standout dishes - make sure you try these!).
It wouldn't be a complete dinner without something sweet (goodbye summer body!) and Numan recommends the Turkish speciality of Kazandibi, a milky sponge cake and some white and milk chocolate covered profiteroles. The desserts were divine and the Turkish speciality a nice taste after the strong flavours of the mains - the perfect end to a glutinous Turkish feast.
Why not head up to Camden and treat yourself to a heavenly Turkish treat at Laz? We can promise you great food, a relaxed atmosphere, cocktails that'll get you tipsy - all you have to do is get yourself down there!
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