Best Mangal Restaurants Ltd
104 North End Rd, London, London, W14 9EX
- Tel: 020 7610 1050
Best Mangal is a local Turkish restaurant that is open plan with a hot charcoal cooking area in the centre of the restaurant where you can watch food being naturally cooked while you wait. They also provide a takeaway menu.
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Turkish to die for
27/04/2010 by Lovfood2
I always knew that Turks know how to marinade meat better than anyone else but this is a fact easily forgotten in London when you're surrounded by so many poor quality kebab shops... Best Mangal cannot be further away from your average kebab shop and certainly know how to marinade to blow not just your taste buds but also your mind away. Both 1 and 2 are very good however I still think the quality in the little old Best Mangal one definetly has the winning edge over its bigger brother up the road.Report this
Authentic Turkish kebabs - in West Kensington!
14/11/2009 by AliZebu
1st Class kebab house! There are actually 2 Best Mangals - both on North End Road and I have been to both many times. It has a huge Ockabasi (SP?) a traditional Turkish BBQ/Charcoal grill and the meat comes out better than any other kebab I have tasted in the UK. A wonderful smokey flavour. Their Lamb Cop Sis (Chop Shish) is my favourite with smaller cubes, they also have regular shish, but I have tried nearly all the range at different times. The Doner is more like a Lebanese schwarma, fresh cuts of meat on the upright grill as opposed to a minced meat mis-match and is truly superior to 95% of doner in London. Kofte is not a fave of mine but if you like a smokey and herby "sausage" of a kebab then you are in for a treat. The lamb chops and lamb spare ribs are excellent as well. Chicken shish is smokey and top notch. All in all for the meat my 10/10 score is no exaggeration - you will not find better, period. Chilli sauce is good but not always consistent in heat. Sometimes it blows my head off and other times it is not hot enough yet I always have the same amount. Garlic sauce is just fine. The bread is unusual in that it is not Pitta but freshly baked "Village Bread" which is more akin to a huge chapati or tortilla and somewhat "floury". It is worth trying but I sometimes go elsewhere just because I miss a regular pitta kebab. They also do a thick "Nan" type bread but it does not fold enough to roll around the kebab. If they did pittas as well I would never go anywhere else. Prices are not cheap at £5.50 for my fave chop shish (£5 for Lamb donner) but portions are generous and quality is far above most Kebab places so it is not overpriced for take away. If you eat in or have a doner with rice prices are more. I no longer live in the area but go back fairly regularly for a take away shish. Best mangal is worth travelling for.Report this
17/06/2008 by coldclimate
Chunks of meal cooked over an open charcoal fire, soft yet flakey breads, and some really good chilli sause, the Best Mangal was worth the 20 minutes on the District Line to visit it. I had a bog standard shish, and it was tops. Nice to be able to sit in too, rather than the standard collect and run kebab places. This feels more like a restaraunt that a fueling stop for drunken boys. 2 kebabs and a beer, less that 20 quid.Report this
Excellent. Got to be the best kebab in London
09/06/2008 by route79
Totally unpretentious place that focuses on the taste of the food. You don't need chillie sauce on the kebabs they do here; the taste is divine and the thougthful touches like the barbecued chillie and tomato that is done whilst the meat is cooking is a perfectly good accompaniment (along with the mount of salad and fresh bread). I would recommend that if there are a group of you going (e.g. family of four or friends etc.) then ask the waiter to serve all the salads in one plate, meats in another and breads in another etc. that way you can sample everything and you get more salad and it's just how eating was meant to be. I recommend the "adman kofte", house doner and chicken-breast skewers for a good assortment for 3 people. The cold meze are good too. This has to be probably the best kebab shop in London!Report this
Possibly the best kebab shop in London
22/05/2008 by jezirwin
I was introduced to Best Mangal a few weeks ago and have managed to stop in there on the way home at least once a week for the mandatory kebab since then. The lamb and chicken shish kebabs are fantastic - fresh, well cooked ingredients and huge portions. Very clean premises and friendly staff. I haven't actually dined there but have only heard good things.Report this
You can’t rush a good thing.
14/05/2008 by nopstar
I’ve just recently moved into the neighbourhood, and I have to say that best mangal is the only good thing going down in West Kensington. It’s hands down the best kebab/grill place I’ve been to in London. The place isn’t much to look at, seating is a little tight and the waiters a little to flirty... When I’m eating kebab, I almost always stay away from chicken, time and time again it comes out dry and bland. The chicken kebabs at Best Mangal are moist, well marinated and flavourful. All of their meat is well marinated; and grilled in front of you. You can’t really go wrong with the Mixed Grill, or the Special House Doner. Well worth the trip... if you going on the weekend book ahead or be prepared to wait.Report this
The best thing about West London...
21/07/2007 by DanWilkinson
I live just round the corner from this place and as such count myself extremely lucky. Whether taking out or eating in it's absolutely tremendous, with amazing food freshly cooked in front of you on the open barbeque pit. Very highly recommended indeed, sober or otherwise.Report this
30/11/2006 by Ladis19
I agree with CaffeineHit and all the others. I live just 1 minute up the road and I find it hard to walk by that place without being dragged in by its sweet smell. I am a very big Kebab fan, namely of the lebanese Shawerma variety however, I have to admit that these ones score VERY high, specially the Lamb Shish Kebab. Simply scrumptious. Buraco, I have never been offered tea but will be sure to ask for it next time I go. I guess he only bad thing about Best Mangal is that it closes at 1am.Report this
Best Mangal Tastes Great
09/11/2006 by caffeinehit
There's nothing better than getting back to West Ken at 1am with the munchies knowing that you've got Best Mangal pretty much opposite your house. The kebabs in this place is amazing, every time they taste just as good. Find yourself in this neck of the woods I'd make the journey and see what all the fuss is about, it's amazing!Report this
Best kebabs in London
17/08/2006 by NikoTheFinn
Best Mangal honestly has the best chicken kebabs in all of London. I lived next to this place on North End Road for 3 years, and was a frequent and loyal customer to this place. The restaurant decor is not much to write home about, but the service is friendly and the kebabs are just so succulent and juicy that it almost beggars belief. Cooked over charcoal, the flavours really make your mouth water, especially with an ice-cold beer.Report this
Kebab Heaven in West Ken
03/08/2006 by Formaggio_Amore
This is another unpretentious and heavenly kebab sanctuary. It was my local, refined kebab counter/restaurant when I was a student living in the area, many years ago. The kebabs are fresh and delicious and served, not in the usual pitta bread but in thin "roll-bread" with yummy sauces. An equal-match alternative to "Bosphorus" in South Kensington. Another Turkish mini-delight!Report this
Kebab Heaven (or how to ruin a shirt)
26/07/2006 by Buraco
I can testify to Niko's previous comments that this is home to the finest kebabs in London. There really is nothing finer after a few pints, but be careful how you handle them. I once made the mistake of clutching my fresh kebab close to my chest and running the 500 yards back to the house, only to find upon arrival that I'd been dripping garlic/chilli sauce all down my shirt, tie and suit. I subsequently fell asleep in a post-kebab state of bliss and awoke the next morning with the aforementioned mixture nicely dried where it had fallen. Oh what a night! Be sure to try the tea that they normally offer you while your lovely kebab is on the bbq - its a real treat.Report this
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