12 Cockfosters Parade, London Ã¢â‚¬â€œ EN4 0BX www.skewdkitchen.com
Hidden off a roadside in Cockfosters is one of London’s best kept secrets.
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).
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.
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.
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 Ã¢â‚¬Å“Reinventing The Traditional North London Turkish Restaurant and Leading a Taste Revolution.Ã¢â‚¬Â
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 Ã¢â‚¬Å“Sunday RoastÃ¢â‚¬Â.