Pide Oven Review
A great little Turkish eatery – no kebabs here, but Turkish style pizzas instead!
Lahmacun’s are a staple on the menu – these are a sort of Turkish flatbread that resembles the shape of pizza but tastes very different! It’s a different type of dough, with a tomato base still but without the cheese. I had a lamb one and the mince had been scattered on top of a tomato and parsley sauce and placed in the fire oven to be cooked.
As the name suggests, they also offer Pides – similar to a lahmacun but made to look a little prettier in a sort of boat shape! These essentially have the same ingredients as the lahmacun but with a few little added extras like crumbly feta cheese and generous helpings of herbs.
I’d recommend ordering a side of cacik – it’s a classic garlicky, minty cucumber and yoghurt dip and was absolutely perfect dolliped on my lamb lahmacun. It’s like a much more civilised garlic and herb dip from Dominoes that you use to dip your crusts in!
Pide Oven is not the first dedicated pide restaurant in central London – Alan Yau’s Babaji Pide has been sitting comfortably on Shaftesbury Avenue for a few years now although it’s more of a sit down and make an evening of it place.
Pide Oven is like its inexpensive little sister –, less pretentious and does simply what it says on the tin (or restaurant name even!) You can fill yourself up for £15 or less – and if you work in the area, it’s perfect for a quick bite at lunch to sit in or take away.
Turkish food is known to be meat-heavy, but Pide Oven has a number of vegetarian dishes on the menu like the aubergine and zucchini pide. The meat is also halal, which is somewhat of a rarity in Central London I am told!
45 Charlotte St, Fitzrovia, London W1T 1RU
Closest Tube: Goodge Street