N’fes opened its doors less than a month ago and it’s already set a very high benchmark for Mediterranean cooking. The local restaurant celebrates colourful and authentic Turkish cuisine, serving up fresh, mouth-watering flavours, tender, succulent meat cooked traditionally on the charcoal grill and some of the best cocktails in West Hampstead. I went to congratulate the owners on their new venture...
You can tell N’fes has just opened. The glassware is glistening, the tables have been meticulously dressed with fresh flowers, bowls of plump olives and new glowing candles, and the bar is fully stocked with every type of bottle you could think of.
The real appeal of this new West Hampstead haunt however is the spacious terrace area with glowing outdoor heaters, transporting locals straight to sunnier shores and allowing them to dine alfresco. Rows of potted plants prettify the space and xx tells me they have plans to put up glass walls so it’s completely wind proof. I complement the look of the place and he laughs saying he should hope so, it’s only taken him the last six months!
And it’s not just Turkish owner Mesut who’s glad N’fes is finally open. The restaurant has already been a huge success with locals wanting to enjoy a kebab with a nice glass of wine, but not wanting to travel as far as Green Lanes to get it. As well as the favourite kebab, kofte and mezze options, the menu also offers succulent steak and fresh fish dishes. It’s a popular brunch spot too for those who want to enjoy a good catch up over creamy hummus, freshly baked bread and traditional Turkish tapas.
If you decide to go check it out, you must try the meat, fish or vegetarian meze (£22pp, minimum 2 people). We opted for the meat option are were blown away by the prodigious portions. The appetisers came in the form of crispy borek rolls, generously stuffed with creamy feta cheese and parsley, broad beans, stuffed vine leaves , falafel, rich meatballs and grilled halloumi, plus a host of homemade dips served with freshly baked bread. That was followed by a mammoth plate of meat, which had been cooked to perfection on a charcoal grill. We were feeling like we couldn’t eat another bite, but the meze entitles you to a dessert of your choice so we went for tiramisu and stuffed apricots and we surprised ourselves and finished every last mouthful. Delicious!
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