Mezze bar and restaurant at The hatch
Mezze Bar & Kitchen
Turning south on to Oxford Road and walking towards the Universities you will come across Hatch and there you will find the hidden gem that is Mezze Bar & Kitchen.
Hatch itself is a collection of cargo containers, neon lights and lanterns. Like walking on to the set of something by Luc Besson you are transported into another world surrounded by vivid colours, exciting bars and places to eat (shopping for nik ‘n’ naks ‘n brick ‘n’ brack is also available). If you do find yourself in this strange land then it would be a crime of BoJo proportions not to visit Mezze Bar & Kitchen. As the name suggested there is a wide range of foods and drinks on offer.
We were met by Beth who showed us to our table. The venue is small, but you can eat in or take the food and sit side outside were gas fired heaters will keep you warm and snug and not left out in the cold like a sack Cabinet Minister
We ordered the Hot Mixed Mezze; you can choose a selection of mezze to make up this dish, but we asked Ali, the owner and chef to make the selection for us and we weren’t disappointed. A large platter arrived with falafel, kofte, humus, warm bread, halloumi, borek (filo pastry filled with feta) and spicy sausage, salad and Tatziki. All this for £20 and there was more than enough for two of us.
Then for the main event we opted for the slow cooked lamb with aubergines. The meat so tender it melts in your mouth which is nice. Lamb cooked in Mediterranean herbs and spices and served with rice and salad. If you eat nothing else, you have to try this…amazing is an understatement.
To wash everything down with we had two large (obvs) glasses of ice cold rose but a beer or a glass of red would have work just as well.
Value for money the place has to be a 10 out of 10. Mezze starts from just £3.50 and platters from £15.00 up to £30.00 and you will be full as an egg after eating that lot. All food is prepared by the owner and Chef, Ali who is Turkish/Cypriot so the food has great influences from both the Mediterranean and the east. Spoiler alert we have been back several times since our first visit and you will too. Meal for two with drinks £40.00 and worth every penny.
Stephen Lagan Collins for Canal St Online
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Published: 15-Feb-2020 (5752)