Skewd Kitchen

by Helena Whittingham - Friday August 16, 2019 9:08 am

12 Cockfosters Parade, London – EN4 0BX www.skewdkitchen.com

Hidden off a roadside in Cockfosters is one of London’s best kept secrets.

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As a South London resident, there’s not a lot of reasons I would go to the end of the Piccadilly line, but Skewd is now absolutely one of them.

As a self-confessed Turkish food connoisseur, obsessed with the likes of Green Lanes, I was excited to try the ‘non-traditional’ Turkish delights of Skewd Kitchen.

We tried a mix of hot and cold traditional Meze pieces - a pick and mix style of small plates which draws you to the cuisine - such as, Pachanga (Filo pastry, filled with mixed bell peppers, Portobello mushrooms, kasha cheese, cured fine beef and parsley, on roasted red pepper sauce).

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Silky blistered Padron peppers, smooth taramasalata (cured cod roe mixed with olive oil, lemon juice, and a starchy base) and creamy hummus. All were beautifully presented and accompanied by warm toasted sesame seed pide bread.

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As I am always a fan of offal, I delighted in a couple of cubes of the special ox tongue - which came on a slate plate with burning thyme on the side - smoke curling around, straight out of a Chef's table episode.

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Alongside this we had honey-glazed goats cheese served with roasted beetroot, caramelised shallots and walnuts and drizzled with 8 years aged balsamic.

Finally, a large portion of Chiperonas (baby squid). Skewd also has an extensive drinks collection - I would recommend their kiwi cocktails.

To finish, we were curious to try the Charcoal ice cream - which is a current trend across London - it found it powdery, bland and ultimately it just turned my mouth into a black hole. If you’re trying to impress the person you’re dining with, perhaps better to avoid and stick to a baklava.

Skewd skews your perception of Turkish food, as it’s as delicious as expected but more refined and delicate.

Skewd are different at their core - their branding boasting as “Reinventing The Traditional North London Turkish Restaurant and Leading a Taste Revolution.”

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If you are looking for great service, prices and portions and a truly unique Turkish experience Skewd Kitchen is the one -  #AnatolianWithAttitude.

I’ll be back on the Piccadilly line to Cockfosters at the weekend to try their reinvented English-Turkish fusion “Sunday Roast”.

@Champagnehelenafines

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