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Cuisine: European, Turkish
Price Point: Mains from £10-£20

Since 1972 Pasha, on Islington’s humming Upper Street, has been a byword for excellent Turkish cuisine. Known as much for its warm, discreet service as the mouthwatering mezze which has been flowing out of its kitchen for well over thirty years, it is a favourite with eminent local politicians, homesick expats looking for the food they remember from their childhoods and a loyal crowd of locals.

The interiors are an exotic dream of olive green leather banquettes, colourful silks and polished marble, and the food is equally attractive. Think fragrant tabbouleh studded with jewels of pomegranate, fattoush salad gleaming with lemon and sumac dressing and crispy cubes of lamb presented on a bed of smoked aubergine with a swoop of yoghurt dressing.

The meat is sourced from farms known for their ethical practices and is fantastically tender and full of flavour as a result. Disclaimer - the succulent lamb shish alongside tangy red cabbage pickle will put you off fast food kebabs for good. In the mood for something sweet? Try a grainy Turkish coffee alongside a tasting plate of homemade Turkish pastries.


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301 Upper Street
London N1 2TU

Open Hours:
Mon - Sun: 12pm till 11pm

Phone: 02072 261454

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Location: Islington
Cuisine: European, Turkish
Mains: £10-£20


The service was fantastic and the food was delicious and well paced. It made for a very enjoyable dinner.

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Ruben Frenkel

Quiet night, so we had a lovely dinner with fantastic food and wine.
Great hospitality. We dfinitely will be back!
Thank you!

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We went for a weeknight dinner and ordered a mezze platter, and an extra mezze per person. They were very generous with the pita bread. The mezzes: kofta, hummus, babagonoush, tabuleh, tzatziki, cous cous were ok. The main dishes from the other tables looked nice. Service was a bit slow we had to ask several times before we got our dessert menu.

The most disappointing thing was the dessert. We looked up their desserts on Instagram and the fried ice cream looked fantastic in the picture. However, when it arrived at our table it looked totally different. It was merely a scoop of ice cream with cornflakes all over it. Unlike the insta pic where the ice cream was battered and fried.

I don't recommend the mezzes and desserts. Perhaps the mains are worth a try?

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The chicken shish was cooked to perfection and the lamb salami type starter thing was delicious.

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Hillie Hitmonchan

The food is consistently amazing every time I've been, and the staff are super friendly and hospitable! I would highly recommend Pasha (get the lamb shank, it's heavenly)

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Amazing customer service and tasty food!

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It was my first time at Pasha. The ambience in the restaurant is lovely! The staff are also very welcoming and chatty.

My boyfriend and I both enjoyed the food. They have decent vegetarian options. Would definitely recommend it.

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Probably the best Turkish food I've had in the UK. Amazing felafel!

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A really lovely restaurant with a great atmosphere and delicious food!

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Bobby Campbell

Went to celebrate my mother in laws 80th birthday, the service was fantastic so was the food, nice and clean and best of all the staff came together to sing happy birthday with candle in her dessert.

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Ailar Kashan

The food and presentation of food were really good and I would definitely go back. Staff were very polite and helpful

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Diane Wheeler

The food and service was lovely, but its best to make it very clear that you have booked with first table and show them the voucher in advance, to avoid embarrassment. As I don't think they had any idea, that they were even advertised on First Table. But all was sorted out in the end.

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