Gokyuzu Vs Diyarbakir, Green lanes
Gokyuzu and Diyarbakir are arguably the two best Turkish restaurants along Green Lanes, the food quality of these two restaurants is excellent and there is not a lot between the two. Gokyuzu has a much more modern decor to it, the venue is larger than Diyarbakir. Diyarbakir on the other hand is a little more spacious and not quite as busy as Gokyuzu. If you do not book in advance with Gokyuzu it may be impossible to eat in.
To be honest there is not a lot to separate the two places a part. The starters platter of both places contains 5 different cold starters such as: hommous, aubergine, garlic and spinach yoghurt, bulgur etc. From both restaurants the best starter has to be the aubergine. In both Gokyuzu and Diyarbakir bread is free, but Diyarbakir has an upper hand as its bread is cooked on top of grilled meat so it adds an extra flavour to it. Although your table will not have a shortage of turkish bread, something that goes well with the starters is lahmachun, Diyarbakir serves two different types of a lahmachun where as Gokyuzu has only one kind.
For the mains, you simply cannot go wrong with a mixed grill from either of these places, they are amongst the best mixed grills I have had in London. In both restaurants you get: lamb Shish, chicken shish, lamb ribs, lamb chops, Adana shish, chicken wings, lamb Doner, chicken doner, rice and bulgur (buckwheat). I would say the Adana at Gokyuzu is less spicier than at Diyarbakir, the chicken Shish at Gokyuzu has more taste than Diyarbakir too. But I do prefer the lamb chops and lamb ribs slightly more at diyarbakir over gokyuzu as the chops are bigger and have a more fat (a turn off for some) plus the rib meat is a little more softer.
However overall everything balances itself out, but the service is better at Diyarbakir but the venue of Gokyuzu is better.
Ratings – Gokyuzu
Value 4/5 – about £15 each for both places
Overall – 19.5/25
26-27 Grand Parade, Green Lanes, London N4 1LG
020 8211 8406
Ratings – Diyarbakir
Overall – 20/25
Grand Parade, 69 Green Lanes, Haringey, London N4 1DU
020 8809 2777
In both Gokyuzu and Diyarbakir non-halal food and alcohol are not served
Review by Sheikhy and Sheikhy Jr