F M Mangal

54 Camberwell Church Street, Camberwell, London

Proof that you shouldn’t wait till midnight to get your kebab fix

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7/10 from 6 user reviews
Address:54 Camberwell Church Street
Camberwell
London
SE5 8QZ
Map:Map & nearby
Cuisine:Turkish
Region:Camberwell
Nearest Station:Denmark Hill
Telephone:
Opening Hours:

Mon:12:00 - 23:59
Tue:12:00 - 23:59
Wed:12:00 - 23:59
Thu:12:00 - 23:59
Fri:12:00 - 23:59
Sat:12:00 - 23:59
Sun:12:00 - 23:59


"Proof that you shouldn’t wait till midnight to get your kebab fix"

Review Rating: 8 / 10
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Camberwell Church Street isn’t the most obvious place to champion as a foodie destination but having visited yet another of its excellent restaurants we’re beginning to see that this South London street is the real deal. Often regarded as the late night snack of choice when it comes time to soak up the alcohol and head to bed full of bread and meat, the kebab is really so much more. FM Mangal is a Turkish ocakbasi that has people travelling from all over to sample the treats that come from its charcoal grill.

Turning up unannounced on a Friday night we’re lucky to get a table and luckier still to be served warm, flatbread as we sit down in our places – some service. Turkish beers come next, followed by the grilled onions in ‘special sauce’, which has a touch of the ‘League of Gentlemans’ about the name but is in essence, a delicious pot of charred onion, garlic and deep, vinegary pomegranate.

The menu is dauntingly long and covers an assortment of chicken, lamb, quail and fish from the open grill that dominates the front of the restaurant. We sat on the mezzanine overlooking the traditional Turkish space in just the right position to watch as our lamb beytis came off the grill and up the stairs. Slices of minced lamb wrapped in pitta, cut into bite sized chunks and drenched in a garlic yoghurt and hot butter sauce, this is possibly the unhealthiest way to enjoy Turkish food – but one of the best. Rich, succulent and just the right amount of oily, the beyti at FM Mangal is excellent. Rice is fluffy and well seasoned, salad is fresh and with three visits down we can attest that the quality is no one-off display.

Whether you’re local or not, a journey to Camberwell Church Street and FM Mangal is a must for kebab fans – and proof that you shouldn’t wait till midnight and who knows how many drinks before you get your Turkish fix.



T.A.O reviewed F M Mangal on Tue 15 Sep 2015
Review disclosure: reviewed anonymously


The Latest User Reviews of F M Mangal


User Rating: 9 / 10
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Jo Wood, Peckham
Added: Feb 2013
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Excellent restaurant. From the outside it looks like a Takeaway but the restaurant at the back is superb. The free bread with the sauce is delectable. I asked the owner for the recipe but he told me it was secret. Highly recommended and I will return again and again. It was recommended to me by my daughter who praised it highly.

Name: Jo Wood
Location: Peckham

User Rating: 9 / 10
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ronjohn
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Member since: Apr 2012
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Mangal was recomended to us by a friend and we have used this restaurant a number of times. We have also taken other friends to eat there.
We have always been satisfied with the friendly service and the food is always first class.
We will use it again.

User Rating: 8 / 10
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southlondonfoodie
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Visited FM Mangal recently for a friend's birthday. The food was great. We had the FM Mangal Special with lamb. The meat was super tender and had been grilled over coals, so had a delicious bbq flavour. We also had the Imam Bayildi, which brought back memories of a trip last year to Turkey. Service was very friendly. They even surprised us with a cake and sang happy birthday. Only thing I would suggest is that they get a cover for the too bright fluorescent lightbulb over the door, which was rather distracting for those of us facing it. Overall, very warm and welcoming establishment with likely the best Turkish food south of the river.

User Rating: 5 / 10
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hospitalworker, London
Added: Jun 2011
Today I went for lunch to Mangal Restaurant with my friend. We ordered 2 orders for us in the restaurant and 2 other orders to go for our colleagues. I ordered a grilled chicken dish with salad and rice and asked for the rice to be replaced with hummus. The waitress told me that this was not possible and that I would have to pay an additional £3 for a side order of hummus. When I asked why it would be so much to replace rice with hummus especiall since my friends lunch (falafels instead of chicken) came with hummus and salad, she was adamant that there was nothing she could do for me. My lunch meal also came with a drink that I did not want as I only wanted tap water, and the rice that I did not have, and she still did not include the hummus when she brought the food. She was rude and the service was poor. For this reason I would not go back. The food itself was mediocre although i'm sure that my perception is influenced by the entire meal being off to a bad start. I paid £6 for some chicken and salad - i could have gotten that in a wrap with hummus at teh falafel shop across for £3 - I'll know where to go next time.

Name: hospitalworker
Location: London

User Rating: 10 / 10
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jenny87
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I ve heard lots of things about Fm Mangal and last night first time i ve tried Turkish food.I tought it was a regular kebab shop but when i entered, i realised that it was a proper Turkish restaurant.
They served lovely marinated and chargrilled bread (that was so yummy)and also grilled onions in secret red sauce on the house(i am saying secret because we couldnt learn what it was but we loved it).I always loved grilled meat but chargrill is amazing, the meat was so tender and marinate was awesome. I had quails and my friend had seabream. It was the best meal i ve ever had!

End of the meal they served us turkish liquer (i tought it was only for us but they serve it to everybody who had alcohol) and it was so tasty as well.

Today when i finished work, i didnt want to cook and i remembered fm mangal. Ive been there for takeaway. I had small adana kofte wrap (and it was only £3) and i really enjoyed it:)This time they served a glass of apple tea with a turkish delight on the house while i was waiting my food.

i recommend this place to everybody who want to have healty and tasty food. (i need to say that they v got many vegetarian and fish dishes too)

Have a sweet day


User Rating: 2 / 10
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A Customer
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The waitress was very nice.

But I can not say the same thing for the foods.

Andrew

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