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February 09, 2009


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I have heard so much about this place and I have still yet to visit! I feel a weekend visit coming on! The meat looks amazing, rustic, big fat, charred skewers - nom!


Hi Josh,

I may well be one of the people who regularly read your blog and who you are not exactly sure where I came from. You are even one of my 'Favourites', and I do confess to checking your blog most work days.

I live in Melbourne, Australia, but lived in London between 2004 and 2006, where I very much enjoyed reading the BBC Food Board - work restrictions prevented me from being a part of the conversation too often but I feel as if I 'know' the usual bunch of characters on that site as well as anyone. Since returning to Australia, I have continued to regularly visit the Food Board - though now it is international time zones which prevent my active involvement!

Anyway, just thought I would officially put a name to my voyeuristic loiterings. Clearly, I enjoy your writing very much and will continue to do so!



Joshua Armstrong

Helen - The meat is very good. I think my favourites are the lamb chops, seasoning is very simple but they cook them quickly so the fat chars but the meat remains juicy and pink. It's making me very hungry thinking about it.

Allison - you check every day? I need to get posting more frequently for people like you. Glad you're enjoying it. I'll get back to more cooking too rather than filling it with restaurant reviews of places my antipodean visitors can't visit.


I was talking to a friend recently about caveman instincts - every time I walk into a ocakbasi restaurant the smell of the charcoal and meat immediately starts to make me dribble. Especially if lamb chops are involved.


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