Graduating comes with lots of perks. A piece of paper worth £27k, an immense amount of satisfaction, proud parents and a whole load of celebratory meals! You’d think having graduated way back in July, all the fun would be over, but up until last week I was still in for a treat! Lucky me 😀 Some very amazing people kindly treated me to a meal at Lokkum; East London’s hottest new restaurant!
Lokkum is not your typical Turkish restaurant, but rather a place that offers a more modern take on Turkish dining, with contemporary cooking methods and new ingredients. As soon as you enter, you are greeted by a collection of amazing dry aged steaks as well as the restaurant’s beautiful interior and an open kitchen! I was super excited to get seated and order!
SHREDDED LAMB TACOS (£7)
Slow cooked lamb wrapped with tortilla bread, BBQ sauce and gem lettuce. These were excellent and were a great way to start our meal! The tacos were small but full of flavour with a hint of smokiness – definitely recommend!
HUMMUS KAVURMA (£6)
Hummus topped with crispy lamb, pine kernels and parsley. This was another good starter and is great to share.
LOKKUM SPECIAL (£23)
The lokkum special consists of 4 pieces of beef fillet served with wild mixed mushrooms and sautéed spinach. We asked for it to be cooked medium and it was exactly that! The meat was tender and what you’d expect from a good steak, however it was way too bland and definitely needed a sprinkling of salt and pepper!
DALLAS STEAK 21 oz (£28)
I was really looking forward to this 28 days dry aged steak served with home-made chips and a portobello mushroom. It was huge…. just look at it!
Although it looked amazing and was cooked to a juicy pink medium, I found the meat to be too fatty and as a result, unenjoyable. I had expected fat from this steak… but the kind that melts in your mouth, not the kind that’s chewy enough to feel like you’re going to injure your mouth!
KARISIK SIS (Lamb and Chicken) (£15)
Our mum’s opted for the lamb and chicken cubes. I didn’t get to try these, but was told the meat was of good quality and it tasted nice, but not out of the ordinary.
Feeling underwhelmed, we decided to order some desserts – which usually makes things better! Am I right? However, the service was so slow, and after waiting for ages for the dessert menu and then forever for someone to take our order… we decided to just get the bill and go!
The bill amounted to around £20 each which is pricey but justifiable considering we ordered steak. The meal wasn’t bad, but I think I had super high expectations and so I left disappointed and underwhelmed. Having said this, I loved the lamb tacos so perhaps I would return again for their roasted lamb shank and to soak up the lovely atmosphere at Lokkum! Luckily I also had great company that evening which definitely made up for it 😉 .