Restaurant review: Harman, Archway, N19

Harman is a long-standing feature of Holloway Road

Harman is a long-standing feature of Holloway Road - Credit: Archant

Harman, located on Holloway Road, is one of the few ­authentic Mediterranean restaurants in Islington.

The inside is full of Turkish trinkets

The inside is full of Turkish trinkets - Credit: Archant

It’s a family-run business, with three generations of chefs having plied their trade in the kitchen.

The place looks gleaming from the outside and inside is a huge space, which would no doubt be perfect for party bookings.

It has a proper Turkish feel, complete with loads of hanging lanterns and all-seeing Turkish eyes and I absolutely loved the décor.

We were greeted by Denniz, who has been running the show for the last 25 years, and shown to our seats with a couple of belly dancer cocktails waiting to be imbibed. These strong and sweet little numbers are Harman’s signature cocktail.

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Denniz told us a bit about the history of Harman and the menu, with its ancient, traditional recipes, and we prepared ourselves to tuck into some home-cooked treats. We kicked off with an enormous array of vegetarian hot and cold meze dish – from the popular tabuleh and hummus to stuffed peppers, dolma and falafel.

We then sampled an ­aubergine boat with potatoes and yogurt all very delicious and topped up with fresh home made bread.

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In between dishes we tried some of the many cocktails on the list; including pina colada, cosmopolitan, and Long Island ice tea. They all helped to open up a little more gap in my stomach, because by this point I was as stuffed as the pepper.

For the main course we had seafood dolma which consisted of rings of squid stuffed with salmon and mussels in a creamy sauce with winter veg and new potatoes.

Being a seafood lover, this was right up my street and all the ingredients worked really well.

They have a huge selection of desserts too, some authentically Turkish and also some good old favourites like a knickerbocker glory, which I must say I haven’t seen the likes of for some time.

Harman has daily and weekly specials, so there is always something different to cater for all palates, and I would heartily recommend a visit to this cosy, friendly, family run restaurant.

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