Wednesday, 30 November 2011

Going Warm Turkey

I have bemoaned on a number of occasions on this blog the lack of any decent full English in Worcester Park. The last purveyors of this fine meal was Berties cafe, which closed down and was transformed into the terrible La Continental which was more mess than mezze and was promptly rebranded as 'Henry's Cafe' whose luminous fonted signs are only marginally worse than the food they serve up.

Thankfully salvation seems to have come my way in the form of a cracking English breakfast from, of all places, our new Turkish 'Cafe Medusa' which opened last week in the old Avventura/Cafe Espresso premises.

At last we have, in KT4, somewhere that sells a decent full English breakfast, properly cooked with decent meat and served with a cup of decent coffee.

For those more adventurous there are Eggs benedict, Turkish dishes and a range of other great breakfast and lunch options that will set this venue apart from the existing cafes in Worcester Park.

Even better news is that their restaurant, Sheesh Mangal, is going to be opening shortly. I have had a sneak peak inside the venue which is on course to open its doors for business early next week.

34 COMMENTS (Add Yours Now!):

VM said...

I tried it out last week when it opened, the staff were welcoming and friendly and the prices were reasonable. They gave the kids free samples of cake to try which was a nice touch.

I would be really interested to try out the new restaurant although I'm not in a position to dine out all the time, it might be nice for a special occasion.

I hope this new venture succeeds in Worcester Park, and I wish them well.

Anonymous said...

i went in there for breakfast and it was lovely and the service was really friendly!Long may it continue

Miz said...

hey guys liking the reviews, may venture down after a friday/saturday night and have an all day breakfast before my shift begins! I do like the little place next to the pound shop, clean, well priced and friendly staff however they could use better sausages.

Ohhh the joys of dwelling about breakfast, holding a glass of wine!?

Bring on tomorrow.

Long Joe said...

Good take away lamb shish kebab tonight. Good quality meat and nice chilli sauce with a variety of salad to choose from. Only minor disappointment was the bread which was just okay.

The restaurant was about a third full and it was all a bit chaotic but thats all part of starting up. The staff were all very attentive. Defo worth a visit

Anonymous said...

I visited the new sheesh kebab. Food was delicious and staff very welcoming. I will definately be returning.

The Dutchman said...

Was certainly impressed with the breakfast options when we went on Sunday morning. Friendly service and a good sized, well priced Full-English went down a treat.

Looking forward to trying the restaurant side soon.

Nichu said...

I went and had a homemade burger, which was nice and came with lots of hot chips, for just a fiver. Coffees were good too. Will definitely go back and look forward to the restaurant bit opening.

Nikko said...

My wife and I had breakfast here this morning. Excellent food, good coffee, great value, and friendly service; what more could you want to start the day? We're looking forward to trying the restaurant soon.

BenjyP said...

It was amazing, I had a takeaway, super friendly service, the selection of kebabs and how fresh everything looked was brilliant. I was originally planning to eat it at home, but had accidentally demolished it before I got to the half way point after a taster bite! It was all coooked on real charcoal. Had a glance at the eat in menu while I was in there, looked great, certainly looks like it will fill an eating out niche. I will also want to try breakfast there!

Miz said...

Just had a lamb kebab and loved it - the only place in WP, and probably wider, that uses real lamb! Good prices too and friendly staff.

Definitely will be back!

Anonymous said...

The breakfast was, well ok, i had a mushroom and ham omlette, chips and salad. The omlette was over cooked very rubbery and a little salty, and the chips were few in numbers, infact i did count them and there were 17 chips, and as for the salad, it was more of a garnish then a salad. The price was a little dearer than your average cafe, but the coffee was nice.

Anonymous said...

Just had a meal at sheesh manglal and it was fantastic. Great food, welcoming staff, just what Worcester park needs! We went early as we had the kids with us and they were fully booked for later in the evening. Let's get out there and support this new WP restaurant!

Anonymous said...

I to went to sheesh mangal saturday, what a surprise, you would think you were actually in turkey, the interior is stunning and as for the food and service, would highly recommend

Anonymous said...

looking forward to trying it Christmas Eve

Anonymous said...

Had a very enjoyable 'Sunday Lunch' there - food was very good , service friendly & generally a successful experience. Would recommend it to others - might be useful to have a bit more guidance on some of the dishes. One point to note is that at the moment it is Cash only.

Jeff said...

Mrs Jeff and I visited Sheesh Mangal yesterday. Excellent atmosphere, just like Soho; very attentive service; and the lamb on the spit is real lamb, not the offal, bits and bobs that end up on most kebab shop spits (Mrs J being half Greek can spot real lamb at 30 yards, er, metres that is). The starter was a slice of Turkish cheese wrapped in a slice of aubergine, Imam's Delight, excellent. The lamb kebab was a bit lacking in flavour though it was 100% real lamb and came with rice/chips and salad. And there was a small complimetary pre-starter of Tarama with constantly replenished thin pitta bread. Although I've had better lamb kebabs I'd certainly go again and try something more adventurous - you certainly can't complain about the prices. I think this restaurant is going to be a real asset to Worcester Park!

Anonymous said...

Hi Jeff, Good shout its definitely awesome. Although Lamb's not really in season at this time of year so its best eaten heavily spiced/really herby.

Anonymous said...

Have they got a drinks licence - i saw an application in the window - I'm only asking because the queue last night was nearly out of the door and I thought it might be because it was a BYO.

Anonymous said...

I think it was probably to see the belly dancer!

Anonymous said...

I tried to get a table at sheesh mangal on saturday night but they were fully booked i turned up on the off chance but the queue was outside the door. There was no belly dancer that evening and everybody seemed to be having a great time. I eventually got a table for Sunday evening. What an experience, fantastic service, fantastic food, thank the heavens you came to Worcester Park, I would say good luck but with the service and the quality of the food SHEESH MANGAL you do not need it. My family Will be regular customers and I strongly urge anybody who has not ventured there to go.

Anonymous said...

My friend went there and hadn't booked ,so they got turned away but then waited for a take away. However whilst waiting for the take away,other couples came in and they got seated.
Do the owners select their diners ???

Anonymous said...

After looking forward to eating here I eagerly booked last week. The service is very poor - ok they've just opened, but they are totally disorganised. We were served by at least 5 different people. We had to ask for someone to take out order as we felt we were being ignored. It took ages for drinks to arrive, when they did they got it wrong. The food when it arrived was OK but nothing special - my dish was swimming in oil! Wine is overpriced. I certainly don't think it is worth queuing up for - maybe it is too authentic. I will give it another go as the skewered dishes looked nice. I'm afraid that this might go the way of the previous 2 establishments on this site.

Anonymous said...

I have been a regular customer at Sheesh Mangal and have never had a problem. The food is always top standard and the prices are very reasonable. The service has always been exceptional and I for one am very pleased this restaurant chose to open up in Worcester Park. Regarding the previous comment, all I can say is that there is always one that wants to complain. Worcester Park needs a restaurant like this. Lets just keep supporting them.

Anonymous said...

As the previous reviewer, I have to take issue at being accused as someone who always wants to complain. I had to wait for some 20 minutes before any order was taken - even then I had to call a waiter, Our drinks were not brought to the table for another similar period - again I had to ask for them. The drinks were incorrect, and the water we ordered never materialized. My dish was literally swimming in oil and had several pieces of gristly meat - and i'm not fussy about my meat, but I couldn't chew it. Th e side rice, salad, chips were not apparent. My partners dish was just a massive pile of meat and little else. The promised bread did not materialize. To top it all they then brought an incorrect bill. I'm not complaining for the sake of it - these are facts. I agree, we must support restaurants in WP - I for one am a keen supporter of the Munal - always excellent friendly service and exceptional food.

Anonymous said...

Susie Cutie tried it on Christmas Eve. The place was heaving but the service was ok. Will be giving it another try before the end of January and hope it will become one of our regular eateries.

Jeff said...

All these comments prove is that two different people can go to the same restaurant on two different days and have a completely different experience. Even good restaurants have bad hair in the soup days I suppose. But it seems that the overwhelming majority of people, including myself, who have eaten at Sheesh Mangal have found the service superb, the atmosphere non-suburban, the food first-class and the prices most reasonable. Worcester Park really doesn't want to lose this restaurant.

(So I'll be O.K. for a Doner Kebab upgrade next time I visit, eh Mr Mangal?).

Anonymous said...

I have booked a table at Sheesh Mangal next weekend for my partners birthday. I for one can't wait to try it out. The menu looks rather tasty!!

Anonymous said...

Myself and 3 friends dined at sheesh mangal tonight. What a great night we had, service, food and atmosphere absolutely brilliant. What can we say we are going to be regulars. Keep the good work up.

Anonymous said...

Susie Cutie will not be a regular. Ho hum. Had words with the Manager about the APPALLING service. He was very apologetic, asked for time to get the waiting staff up to scratch. Says it's difficult to get waiting staff who want to work in Worcester Park!! Such a shame as it's well priced and a nice looking venue.

TVR DEBZ said...

Vistied the restaurant 10th February and WOW....   the food was amazing and the staff fabulous.  Definately going back for my daughter's 19th birthday the end of March as was so impressed at the 21st birthday party at the next table......  and we will be travelling from Eastbourne!

WomberlingFree said...

I've been living in WP since only July 2010, so glad when a different type cuisine restaurant showed up. I've been twice already with my partner, and both times the food has been excellent, and service excellent to boot seeing as one person questioned it below!  My partner had the moussaka (twice) and i had lamb type stew and a lamb shank with vege the second time.  All so so good. Really tasty.  Cannot fault it.  Definitely will go back.

BenjyP said...

Sheesh Mangal is rubbish, I went there last night and it was so busy they were unable to provide me with a table, I think if they are receiving that kind of business they should have taken up 4 shops worth of frontage at minimum. However if they went on the standard ratio of occupancy for most of the restaurants of worcester park they should take up 2 blocks worth of shops. There would be no empty shops then.

The food looked so good, I am outraged!

anon-woman said...

My sisters and I went to Cafe Medusa late on a hungover Saturday morning and all had a fantastic meal - the service was very good, the food was super fresh and the portions generous. I ordered a homemade burger and whilst the burger patty itself clearly wasn't homemade, the bun, relish, steaming hot chips, salad, coleslaw and end product certainly was well worth the £5 I spent! My sisters ordered a bacon and avocado salad (extremely generous with the bacon to avocado to roast pepper ratio!) and a chicken and cheese panini and both were more than happy with their food too. The fresh orange juice is a lovely touch. Definitely plan to make this breakfast trip a regular thing, lovely little cafe & highly recommended. Also loved the interiors and the window seating area. I can't wait to try out the restaurant next door!

Barry said...

Perhaps they`d booked eh ?


Good restaurant and the take away section always give you something on the house,still going strong

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