Victoria seems to be a never-ending construction site and since I work in the area, it’s easy to become lost within the lunchtime chains.
Troubled by my lack of desire to find something worthwhile, I dragged along a few colleagues to a Turkish Restaurant situated in the Victoria/Pimlico area called Kazan.
Any restaurant that serves a lunchtime set menu is a winner with me, and delightfully the prices were reasonable at £11.99 for two courses or £13.50 for three. Alternatively, there’s a healthier option for £10.99.
As with most restaurants however, the entire table has to order from the same set menu.
You can’t go to a Turkish restaurant without ordering some tea and since it’s winter and the Christmas season, there’s nothing more warming than a chai tea. The tea was exactly what I was craving with notes of cardamom and cloves.
The bread was warm and generously given and enough to mop up the juices from the olives which were sweet with a subtle hint of spiciness.
I chose the mixed mezze platter to start which arrived beautifully presented. The platter contained, sucuk (spicy Turkish sausage), falafel, borek (filo pastry filled with feta cheese, spinach and herbs) and served with humus, tabbolouh (parsley salad) and cacik (yoghurt with parsley and cucumber).
The sucuk was grilled to perfection and gave a subtle spiciness without being overpowering. The falafel was deliciously crispy on the outside but with plenty of flavour in the middle but my personal favourite was the borek which had a delicious creamy, herby centre.
For the main course I chose the chicken adana (spicy minced chicken) served in a wrap with rice and a salad. Surprisingly, the portions were incredibly generous. I’m also not usually a fan of ordering chicken in restaurants as I tend to find the meat a little boring however, the chicken was beautifully spiced, moist and had a subtle smokeyness without affecting the overall quality of the chicken. For a dish that looks so simple on the plate, it certainly did impress.
Kazan had everything I look for in a restaurant; good service, beautiful food, decent prices and a great atmosphere. As we ordered at lunch, the prices were a lot more reasonable but on an evening may be more pricy, however, if the food is served at the same high standard of when we dined, it is worth every penny.
– Kazan, Pimlico