Meze less messy

The sea container has gone. The rusting box outside Meze Mangal on Lewisham Way, which was once the area's biggest eyesore, has been removed.

For a place that inspires such strong passions in those who live here, Brockley can sometimes look as though no-one gives a toss. With the clean-up of Brockley Cross and now this, all of the horrors we documented in 2008 have now gone.

The hulk was a relic from a period when local businesses thought there was no point in adopting airs and graces and Council planners actively encouraged them not to get ideas above the station. Those attitudes are changing and the Meze Mangal team have been nursing ambitions to expand their hugely popular restaurant for some time. For that to happen, the container, which was used to store wood for the oven, had to go.

22 comments:

Stef_W said...

Another example of the creeping gentrification of Brockley, with the rusting container being one of the few remaining examples of Brockley's industrial heritage.  No doubt a mung bean stall will take its place...;)

Makes me laugh said...

That's a joke right?

Robert said...

How many times does a joke have to be repeated before it is no longer a joke?

Stef_W said...

It's not a joke, perhaps it's an overly used running gag?
http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/RunningGag

Chris Wheal said...

 That joke appears courtesy of the British Museum.

Gnome said...

My Trip Advisor app tells me that Meza Mangal is the #28 restaurant in the WHOLE of London based on 156 reviews of +4*

Has anyone eaten there and do they agree?

Babur in Brockley comes in at a much deserved #20!
Two restaurants in the top 30 are in Brockley!

CKSE4. said...

I thought the skip was for extension work not for wood... glad it has gone. I have brought friends here recently and had to explain that the food was better than the outside!

maisie_moo said...

@Gnome: I took a visiting friend there last week, and two others who had never been there before - it exceeded everyone's expectations, which were already high.  We basically got the maitre d' to choose our food for us, and had mixed meze (for 2 according to the menu, but we shared between 4) to start, and then lamb and chicken kebabs, which were fantastic - possibly the best lamb I've ever tasted.  We had one non-meat eater in the party, who had a swordfish kebab, which he liked a lot.  Things that impressed me: they brought tap water without being asked; they recommended the house wine which is only £10 a bottle, instead of trying to get us to buy something more expensive; they gave the non-meat eater calamari with his starter, since the rest of us were having liver (none of us would have chosen liver, but we went with their recommendation, and it was fantastic), and didn't charge us for it; they brought 4 extra glasses of wine at the end, again on the house.  The whole thing came to less than £80, including 2 bottles of wine.  A great experience which we're looking forward to repeating.       

Anonymous said...

I don't think any restaurants in the top 200 are in Brockley!!

Forgood M said...

Meze Managal is vastly over-priced. The starters are excellent quality. The mains are, let's face it, fast food with grated root vegetables. And the place is poorly laid out, tables crammed in.
What the place needs is competition, not expansion. And don't get me started on the poll where it was somehow put into the top 20 of London restaurants. Nonsense.

Monkeyboy said...

I don't think anyone thinks trip advisor is a reliable gauge of a restaurant, that's a bit of a distraction. Meat grilled over wood is never going to be terrible though is it?

ianerc said...

I guess how you rate MM depends on your tastes. I love the place but find the Babur bland and pedestrian now.

Brockley Nick said...

Problems with layout suggests it DOES need expansion. But yes, more cafes / restaurants in the area would be good. They are coming. Chinwag just opened down the road, for example.

oryx said...

Have been three times and thought it was OK, but not great. The one time I had their pide it contained what appeared to be tinned spinach! We recently went to ReynA on New X Road which I was impressed with.

I agree with you about the tables being crammed in.

Aricana said...

Had lunch at Chinwag yesterday.  Loved the quirky decor and tasty chicken burger which was enormous! 

Katrin said...

Agree that ReynA are a good contender to MM. Great food seems to have lifted the curse on a site where businesses never seemed to take off before.  Well worth a visit.

Meze Mangaled said...

How people can get so excited about this predictable meat-on-a-stick Eastern Mediterranean cuisine is beyond me.   It simply underlines the poor choices that are available in the area.  I do, however, concede that the removal of the sea container is a step in the right direction.  Perhaps the owners will tart up the rest of the establishment to complement the superior view of the comings and goings along Lewisham way that their patrons can now enjoy.   

Brockley Ben said...

Some people happen to like high quality Turkish food (or "meat-on-a-stick"). When it's made with decent meats and particularly when it's grilled over a proper smoky pit it's simply a different proposition when compared with fast food-style kebabs (which are great in their own way, incidentally).

By general critical consensus, Meze Mangal rates up there with several established, highly popular places in the far reaches of Stoke Newington and Dalston. But a) for most of us reading this blog it's a hell of a lot closer and b) it also has a wood-fired oven for pide and breads. For me that's probably enough reason to get a little bit excited. Certainly enough to be very happy it's in the area.

Happy the container is gone.

BK said...

Try Levante on Lewisham High St instead. Waaaaaaaaaaaaay better than Meze Mangal - agree with Oryx, stopped going there after having some really disappointing dishes.

eberg said...

I chatted to a guy in Spain earlier this year whose tapas bar had been voted the best in Andalucia on Trip Advisor. He was laughing because he could name four better bars within five miles that tourists just didn't go to.

Richard Elliot said...

There was a delivery of building supplies made yesterday where the shipping container used to be.

It's not clear whether work has started on the empty shop next door to Meze Mangal, but is potentially a sign of progress?

Richard Elliot said...

False alarm, the deliveries were for next door but one which is also being rennovated.

They have just used the space created by the shipping container being removed to dump supplies.

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