A few weeks ago, Emma and I had grand plans for a Turkish feast. Life got in the way and our dinner plans kept getting pushed back. Last week, luckily, we were able to meet up with our misters in tow. I don’t know why I started fixating on the fact that we had to go out for Turkish, but I did.
Turkish food is one of those cuisines that when I start craving it, I have to have it so I was delighted when we finally made a reservation at Pasha, which is one of the best reviewed Turkish restaurants in London. Sam and I split a starter of halloumi whilst Emma had the mucver, and Mr Kiwi the sucuk. Our halloumi was incredible and tasted nothing like the halloumi that we buy at our local shop. Mr Kiwi’s sucuk was a dish of spicy sausage in a tomato sauce and it smelled lovely. But Emma truly had the winner. Her mucver was a crispy courgette fritter with a mint yogurt sauce. I swapped her some halloumi for a fritter and they were light, crunchy and bursting with deliciousness. I had food envy.
For the main, both lads went for the classic chicken shish – perfectly marinated, cooked beautifully – whilst Emma had lamb and I had falafel. Sam can attest to the fact, that sometimes I make us journey around for good falafel. You can’t beat the perfect blend of chickpeas and spices that manages to not feel dry and crumbly. And these were perfect falafel.
Emma and I both had baklava for dessert. There were three different types of baklava and it came served with a side of cinnamon ice-cream. The pistachio baklava was my favourite but I gobbled them all up in the blink of an eye. Baklava is one of those foods that I very rarely allow myself; because I could eat a box of it in one sitting. All those flaky layers, all that honey…. yum.
Pasha is located at 301 Upper Street, London, N1 2TU
What random food do you tend to crave?