Brockley restaurants make Standard's cheap list

Tonight, two Brockley restaurants made the Evening Standard's list of the top nine affordable South London restaurants - a bias so strong, they had to hide it by pretending that Meze Mangal is in Lewisham. Here's what they say:

Meze Mangal
Well worth the journey south for those who live in other parts of London, this neighbourhood Turkish is busy even on a Monday night. The traditional menu focuses on the grill and pide (Turkish pizza) and you can't really go wrong with either.

The Gantry
Well-loved by locals, this French bistro in Brockley is run by a lovely lady from Brittany called Patrice. Slightly at the higher end of our cheap eats spectrum, The Gantry's all-day menu still doesn't cost a bomb if you choose wisely.

With thanks to Richard.

13 comments:

Mh said...

Why does any article about doing something in this part of London start with 'well worth the journey' as if it is some exotic far away location. Meze mangal is in Zone 2 and 7 minutes on the train from London Bridge! I have seen similar comments about the huge effort to trek to Brockley market.

Michael said...

If The Gantry is a "cheap eat", the journalists of the Evening Standard are paid too much.

david said...

Have to agree, Michael. Both are great places, but not what I'd call cheap eats. The Gantry especially is more of splashing out type night out. Month Pho would surely be more in the running for great value (of course, it's been yonks since I had a copy of Cheap Eats so maybe the overall prices people expect to pay jave gone up...)

headhunter said...

MM is pretty cheap if you just go in for a pide and a drink, you could easily spend less than a tenner....

Brockley Kiwi said...

To be fair to them ... their is a large difference between the lunch specials menu prices (at around £6-7) and the main lunch/dinner menu (£10+). Depending on your budget £6-7 quid isn't too bad for lunch.

Brockley Jon said...

I've always thought it was fantastic value. You get complimentary freshly made bread, the lahmacun was about £2.50 last time I checked and the house wine used to be a tenner a bottle! (doubt it still is though)

GoLadywell! said...

Levante Pide in Lewisham (Ladywell end) is really good too for Turkish food. I used to go to Meze Mangal quite a bit, but now I tend to go to Levante Pide as you don't usually have to book and the food (in my opinion) is just as tasty and is a similar price.

Katrin Schlenzka said...

As we are on the subject of good Turkish alternatives to the wonderful MM, may I put in a good word for ReynA (not sure why the capitalisation of the A...) in New Cross? Great food, slightly lower prices than MM and friendly
staff. Even a little outdoor seating (if you don't mind sitting by a bus stop...)

Clare said...

Meze Mangal is in New Cross not Brockley ;)

NAT said...

It's SE4. If Meze is in New Cross, then so is everything to The Bricklayers Arms, probably a great deal of Borough, Bermondsey, Nunhead, East Dulwich most of Peckham some of Camberwell and a small slice of Tower Hamlets to Aldgate East.

This can easily be proven with an old A-Z and a pair of dividers, or compass.

Gibby said...

It's not New Cross. If you wanted your challenge to stand up at all you could at least have gone for Deptford.

NAT said...

;}) forgot to say

Anonymous said...

I live in Brockley and Brockley Market and Meze Mangal are a trek for me.

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