Mezzom South Woodford restaurant review
So to my second review of a Turkish restaurant in South Woodford, London. I’ve dished my thoughts on Taxim. This time it’s the more upmarket Mezzom restaurant.
Again, hubby and I opted for the lunch menu, which was great value at around £8 per head. And like Taxim, going in for a weekday late lunch meant we practically had the restaurant to ourselves. So cue lots of jokes from hubby about how he’d booked the place out for me.
Anyway, Mezzom South Woodford is as chic as they come. With pretty plates, a wedding-worthy floral arrangement and a glamorous, dark decor.
And before you go thinking Mezzom is style over substance, the food was pretty awesome too. In fact, it has trumped Taxim (and most Turkish places I’ve eaten at) in quality, taste and value for money.
Here’s what we had:
As an appetiser, they give the most delicious complimentary bread basket. The fresh bread goes a treat with their tomato chilli dipping sauce. In fact it’s tricky not getting full on the bread alone.
Now something to note about Mezzom’s lunch menu is that the starters are all vegetarian. This didn’t bother me, but if you’re expecting the usual Turkish fayre of Lahmacun and sujuk (as served up in Efes and Turquoise), you may be disappointed.
But there is meat aplenty with the mains, all of which is halal.
For our starters, we ordered falafel and a plate of pan fried halloumi and mushroom. The latter was the biggest starter I’d seen, and plenty to share between two. Plus it made such a change from ordering the usual hummus, vine leaves and spinach samosa-type things.
The falafel was less exciting. It was a bit more texture-y than I’m used to, with real bites of chickpeas. This then meant there was less chance to get herby flavours in-between. However, the falafel came with hummus, so we didn’t need to order any separately. That’s a win in my book.
Mains at Mezzom South Woodford
The mains gave us reason to be very cheerful. Hubby ordered the Adana kofte, while I went for lamb moussaka.
So let’s talk about my moussaka. It was rich with white sauce, loaded with mince, and generous with veg such as courgette, aubergine and chickpeas. Oh and it was oil-laden. Defo not a dieter’s dream. But I really didn’t need to eat again that day.
The kofte kebab was nice and not too spicy. And a real bonus was that our table came with a generous salad drizzled in pomegranate sauce. It was a hearty salad too. Not just leaves.
Mezzom South Woodford – too good to visit just once
So I went again. And while our mains were the same, this time a creamy mushroom starter was thrown into the mix. And it really was bomb. Thick, delicious and super heavy, it was delightful as a dip for our bread, and an accompaniment to the mains. Like the halloumi and mushroom starter previously consumed, it was a ma-hoosive portion. One thing is for certain, Mezzom is not poor in mushrooms.
So overall, Mezzom South Woodford is a great restaurant and I would thoroughly recommend it to anyone who likes Turkish cuisine. It’s high end, without the price tag. Plus most importantly, it’s got great food to boot.
Mezzom South Woodford review in a nutshell
Price: £8 per head for a two-course the set lunch
Great if… you want good quality Turkish cuisine without the hefty price tag. Also great if you like your portions big and beautiful.
Not so great if… Hmmm… Mezzom is hard to fault. But I guess if you like meaty starters like Turkish sausage, it might not be for you.
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