Take your traditional Turkish restaurant, head out of Dalston, pick up a bit of glitz and glamour on the way and you get Haz. With a number of restaurants now open in locations around the city Haz has fast become a must for diners wanting good food that will actually fill you up, ’cause we all know that unlimited Turkish bread will leave you feeling absolutely stuffed!
We visited on a Friday lunch and the place was absolutely packed, however the staff were really friendly taking our jackets and walking us to our seats as though they had all the time in the world. They may have sprinted back to the kitchen as soon as we turned our backs but we were oblivious as we tucked into our complementary olives and breads.
The place has an lengthy menu (maybe not all of it screaming traditional Turkish). We opted for a cold starter of aubergine, tomotoes, onions and herbs and a hot starter of falafal which was served with a tahini sauce. Both were fairly decent although the falafal was a little dry for our liking.
Mains were good old Shish – succulent lamb meat and plenty of it (definitley an improvement on the 2am shish we’re used to) served with a generous portion of rice. The Cous Cous with vegetables and chicken came with plenty of vegetables and lots of chicken the way we like it.
Too full for desert we opted for two Turkish coffees which were thick and sweet – a pleasant end to a decent meal. Not badly priced for the city either!