You know that Sunday morning feeling? You're hungover, tired, can't be bothered to even get dressed? Definitely don't want to cook, or simply can't cook (due to the delicate nature of the stomach after a night on the tiles!)
I know what you need... something to soak up all those nasty spirits you consumed, something a little classier than your Donner or Shish kebab... you need to go to Elif's!
This was the situation I found myself in. Sunday night. Bored, hungry, hungover, so a little pick-me-up was in order, and my stomach wanted one thing, and one thing only- meat, meat and more meat! Considering we were on our merry way to a kebab house, we were certainly going to the right place!
To counteract my throbbing headache, I started off with a beer, we certainly did the trick (hair of the dog...) My partner and I chose to share a couple of Mezes- we opted for the char-grilled peppers with Feta cheese, olive oil and garlic and the Calamari tubes stuffed again, with feta and parsley. My goodness these were tasty! Just thinking back to them now is making me salivate! The contrast between the fresh textures with the smoky, charcoal aroma was phenomenal- and that was just for starters!
For our main course, we decided to opt for the popular Southern Turkish dish, Adana, made with succulently spiced lamb, chili flakes, peppers and flat leaf parsley. Again, the range of textures and flavours were very palate pleasing, along with the sharp sourness of the jalapeno on the side!
After failing to finish my meal (due to the colossal size of it) I decided I still deserved a pudding- or to share one at least... Simply ice-cream. I don't think my stomach would have thanked me had I put any more chillies its way...
My advice- book it! This place gets very busy, very quickly. Not your fanciest of restaurants, but a great place to socialise and recover!