The Mantl Review
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Newly opened Turkish restaurant ticking all the boxes. ??When you order like 4 starters and they were so tasty you feel like you are missing out on the others so you delay the main and order even more starters?? Can I say flavour, variety , flavour , then more flavour. I’m just trying to find out who the chef is ???????????? Ambience and decor nice, modern and clean. Service was punctual and very friendly. Taste: ???????? Price:??????-??(On average starters approx £9 mains around approx £19) Honesty policy: I did try something new called Tarhana crisps described as vegetable and yoghurt crisps- which by itself was not my cuppa tea. Perhaps serving with a dip/s to balance the sour/ fermented taste could be a shout. Would I come back again: Oh Yessss???? and I’d advise myself to take time and save room for dessert • • • • • #foodie #foodblog #goodfood #letseat #cheatday #fitfam #Instafit #carbup #letseat #blogger #review #turkish #turkey #lifestyle #london #knightsbridge #foodporn #instafood #weekend #instafood
Top 10 things to know about The Mantl:
1) In this time of Brexit, propaganda has been suggesting that we’ll be better off if we separate from mainland Europe. Fortunately for you, you’ve maintained a level head, understanding that we should embrace everything Europe has to offer, including the varied cuisines that bless our shores. With vigour, therefore, take your loved ones to The Mantl, a relatively new but extremely charming Turkish restaurant in Knightsbridge.
2) The soft mood lighting, dark brown leather seating and glitzy mirrors scream DATE NIGHT. On this occasion, you’re the only couple here (lucky you!). The other patrons are chatting animatedly in a variety of languages whilst sipping cocktails from the well-stocked bar; arms thrown up with every lilt in the conversation to emphasise an extremely important point. One thing is clear: you’re in the right place to have a very good time.
3) Not only the ideal place for people-watching, The Mantl is also perfect for exploration; so, you order a variety of Turkey’s finest: smoked sheep’s yoghurt, calamari, mix meze, smoked eggplant, chicken wings, runner beans and Feraye.
4) I say, “you order” but it’s more, “the staff order”. The manager comes over personally and with deft suavity, highlights the best of the menu, from start to finish, so you follow his lead. You notice the prices are a little high but hey, it’s Knightsbridge and it’s date night!
5) Starters arrive and the smell becomes the first part of the tasting experience. Heady spices, piquant chilli, sweet notes and smoky accents send your nose into overdrive. The orgasmic mix of figs, yoghurt and beef spin around your mouth, hitting every taste bud. You scoop up meze with pillow-soft bread, before popping calamari into your mouth at speed. Sticky fingers make light work of sticky wings that have been lovingly tossed in molasses and sesame.
6) You come up for air long enough to sip the Green Destiny mocktail, perfected by the age-old pairing of cucumber, lime and mint. It’s tangy and bold, cleansing the palate for part two.
7) Conversations continue as the staff top up glasses with water and suggest the best offering from the grill. The practice of cooking meats on The Mantl’s charcoal grill is the best way to keep the flavour and juices in, and it provides that delicious smoky char. BBQ-ers take note.
8) Out of nowhere appears fluffy pilav - small ribbons of noodles embedded in the clean white bed of rice; crunchy polenta chips sprinkled with thyme salt and Turkish cheese; a side salad; and the pièce de résistance: the mixed pit.
9) A wooden board covered in lamb, chicken, Adana (think kebab) and lamb chops is placed in front of you. Don’t look for the salt and pepper; you won’t need it. All the dishes served have the most tantalising marriage of flavours you’ve ever experienced. You help yourself to a bit of everything; digging in like there’s no tomorrow. Each bite is a new punch of flavour, reinventing the sum of what you thought you knew about Turkish food - which, let’s be honest, amounted to nothing but a sad, wet kebab after a big night out.
10) Fork down, you’re nearly done, but not before you order the fresh mint tea, ice cream and Kunefe. Best described as a noodle-like dessert which sits in a sweet and creamy sauce, covered deftly with pistachios, it’s heavenly and unique. Minutes later, spoon down, you breathe out with an air of satisfaction. From now until forever, Turkey has your heart....read more
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