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Künefe at London's Antepliler

Last night, after a restrained meal of lahmacun, mezes, and a single Urfa kebab at Antepliler, we were proud of our restraint. It seemed only fair to reward ourselves with dessert so we headed next door to the smaller Antipleler Ciğerci (a grilled liver joint) where künefe is made to order.

Künefe is a sweet and savory treat from southeastern Turkey. Cheese is sandwiched between layers of kadayıf (shredded pastry) and cooked in butter on both sides in a circular metal pan. The last step before plating is to douse the künefe (while still over the heat) in syrup. It is a beautiful process to watch, and at Antipleler Ciğerci it is made even better, as kidneys, hearts and liver cook over charcoal at the adjacent grill. The only drawback is that two künefe and four teas will set you back over £10, an unthinkable sum in Anatolia.

46 Grand Parade
Green Lanes, London, N4 1AG

2016-01-13T10:35:32+00:00 January 25th, 2010|Categories: Food & Wine, Gastronomic Traditions, London, Sweets & Dessert, Turkish Cuisine|6 Comments


  1. Hande January 25, 2010 at 7:52 pm - Reply

    Oh, and did you have the koc yumurtasi? I love that!

  2. CanM January 25, 2010 at 6:18 pm - Reply

    That looks LEGIT.

  3. Katie January 25, 2010 at 9:48 pm - Reply

    No testicles this time, Hande but I’ll head back soon enough. We actually didnt realize antepliler cigerci served a different menu than the adjacent restaurant of the same name until it was time for dessert. i did contemplate some grilled innards but reconsidered in favor of kunefe!

  4. Daily Food Photo: Kadayıf January 31, 2010 at 7:45 pm - Reply

    […] These past days in London have been the coldest days of winter. While daydreaming of the hottest days this past summer, my mind wandered to the bazaar in Antakya (Antioch) in southeastern Turkey where kadayıf is made on large turning wheels. I took this shot on August 22 when the temperature hit 40C (approximately 250F). It was Ramadan, the shopkeeper’s blood sugar was at an all-time low, yet he tirelessly spun wires of pastry that would become the casing for the city’s famous künefe […]

  5. London Food Wrap-Up March 5, 2010 at 1:32 am - Reply

    […] Antepliler: Good lahmacun and amazing künefe in Green Lanes. […]

  6. […] Antepliler: Turkish mezes, lahmacun, and kebabs are served in the main dining area and next door, there is offal and künefe. […]

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