My London Faves series is all about giving love and spreading the word about some of my favourite eateries in London, both new and old, plus old ones I’ve just discovered. Pivaz falls in to the latter of those categories. It’s been an established spot on Chatsworth Road for yonks (plus has other locations I understand) but it was only at the end of the summer that Ed and I discovered it (despite it being a mere 15 minute walk from our house at the time…don’t judge us).
I know summer’s kind of over now but if we have any more balmy Indian Summer evenings, be sure to hot foot it down to Pivaz pronto, as it’s the perfect place for an al fresco dinner, noseying on the locals of E5, whilst eating the flavours of Istanbul and beyond. Pivaz is a Turkish restaurant, one that feels slightly more refined and considered than a lot of the others around East London. In that, I guess I mean you don’t get 3 bowls of salad and a giant bowl of pide with your main, but you do get a generous portion with wonderful flavours.
Start with the grilled halloumi, it’s so, so delicious, with tomato and oregano and a sweet dash of pomegranate molasses...
Moving on, for fellow vegetarians, I wholeheartedly recommend the Bekyoz — it’s quite simply the best Turkish main dish I’ve eaten. Mushrooms, peppers, parsley, peas and tomatoes are wrapped in a knot of aubergine ribbons, with a giant slab of goats cheese on top, a generous drizzle of sweet balsamic glaze, and rice on the side. YUM.
For meat eaters, Ed recommends the musakka, which comes as a big, hearty slab with a good béchamel sauce and lots of minced lamb, along with rice and a side salad. The kuzu (marinated chunks of tender lamb, served with rice and salad) is a good shout too, as is the classic mixed grill – a serious serve of meat!