Mangal 1 Ocakbasi Restaurant – Dalston, London, UK




It might look like a take out kebab shop as you pass from the outside, but as you walk in you will see all the fresh meat skewers and the long hot coal grill with its smokey, mouthwatering and incredibly inviting smell drawing you in. At the back there is a large restaurant seating area.

Mangal Ocakbasi is a Turkish grill house based in Dalston that Jack, his mum Sandra and I discovered one evening.


We ordered a plate of mixed dips to share as a starter – which came with a basket full of warm Turkish bread.



For our main we ordered a large mixed grill plate to share which came with a large plate of salad. The spices on the meat enhance the flavour and are not overbearing and there is a barbeque like taste to it. We were actually surprised at how delicious it all tasted.



We ended the meal with some sweet baklava and a Turkish tea – which was nice to have a little bite of sweetness after all the spiced meats.

Gorgeous, well priced and a buzzing atmosphere!


Warung Murah – Seminyak, Bali

On the way to Double-Six Beach in Seminyak, there is an open aired restaurant which has a buffet of mouth watering Indonesian food behind a glass window where you point at what you want and the servers add it to your rattan dish.

I always choose the red rice (which has a deliciously nutty flavour), some meat (usually grilled chicken) and some stir fried vegetables. It is healthy, full of wonderful flavours and spices, and costs me only Rp.20,000 (£1 – yes ONE BRITISH POUND!).

Belly is full and happy and ready for some lounging on the beach.


Caravan at Kings Cross – Sunday Brunching

Caravan is the talk of the London Town for its brunches – so I decided to arrange a mini high school get-together for brunch one Sunday morning. There was Maria, Sadia, Keith, Jason, Tom and Claire. You cannot book and so we got there at 12noon, put our names down, and then sat outside with a coffee while we waited for our table. About 40minutes later, one coffee down and a decent amount of catching up, our table was ready.


The atmostphere was great – all the tables were full and it was buzzing inside. The decor is very minimal and it looks like an old warehouse space.


A few of us ordered Bloody Mary’s. I got mine extra spicy and it was exactly what I needed. Our orders took a little while to come but it was expected with the amount of customers that they had and we were very happy chattering away with each other that I didn’t even notice.


Everything on the menu made my mouth water but in the end I decided to go for the poached eggs, aubergine puree, yoghurt, sumac, parsley, grain toast and soutsouki sausage £9. Claire had the same. This was a delicious concoction, which I would have never thought of putting together. It had a very Mediteranian flavour to it.


Maria had the baked eggs, tomato pepper ragout, Greek yoghurt, toast £7.50 and some spinach on the side £3, which was great to dipping the toast into. It tasted very Spanish. Jason and Keith had the same but with chorizo £9.50 instead of spinach, which gave it a bit of a kick.

Sadia had a crab meat omlette, which had some very Japanese flavours to it with its Japanese wasabi mayonnaise, stirfried vegetables, sesame seeds that decorated the top of it. And Tom had smoked salmon with poached eggs – a classic in the brunching world.



Then we finished off the meal with a coffee. I had one of their daily menu of filtered coffee £2 – which happened to be one from Kenya that day. They came with a very cute milk bottle on the side, which reminds me of when I was younger and the milk man would bring our milk to our doorstep in those glass pints.


Overall the food was definitely worth all the waiting. If you are looking for something a little different for brunch, this is your place.