Restaurants & Bars 18

Excellent meat destinations

loobcom | Feb 19, 200807:49 AM

Paid a visit to Green Street in East Ham to Barbarachi the former Sarkonis Bangla Deshi restaurant and enjoyed the fish there much more than my experience in at Sabuj Bangla in Brick Lane. This large restaurant seating perhaps a 100 diners was very busy and my friend and I were the only non-Asians present. As they do not always have kheski on the menu, the owner advised us to call before making a journey for it. With a couple of excellent lhassis the bill came to £18.

After Barbarachi we decided to take a stroll along Green Street. Not the most elegant street in London, but it certainly has an extremely high density of Asian food establishments.

Across the road from Barbarachi is 'The Thrill of The Grill' which also seemed to be doing an excellent trade. Even though I was quite full, I decided that I would have to try their lamb chops. They were mouthwateringly delicious, perhaps as good as the chops at Tayyabs.

Further along the road is the excellent vegetarian restaurant Chennai Dosa and the Mobeen another really good bangladeshi place that I have enjoyed several times.

The centre of gravity for Indian meals, as far as I am concerned seems to be moving east.

Today, whilst having a hair cut and shave in my favourite Turkish barber in Hoxton Street, I asked him to recommend a good Oshkabasi restaurant. He came up with Testi at 38 Stoke Newington High Street, just opposite the Police station. This is only a mile away from his salon. Their refrigerated cabinet will gladden the eye of any meat lover and is probably the best display I have seen in London. The lambs testicles looked very inviting and 20 minutes later I was tucking into them as well as some liver and kidneys. So tender and full of flavour. Served up with really good bread dampened with the meat juices, a plate of bulghar, a superb onion salad and a mixed salad. Probably the best I have had and at £8 the value is undeniable. Something that also sets Testi apart from the surrounding similar restaurants is its rustic Turkish decor. I know that I will be returning there often.

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