- Disabled Access
- Private Dining
- Free WiFi
- Outdoor Seating
- Families and Children Welcome
About Mangal 2 Ocakbasi Restaurant
After working as a young and aspiring chef in Istanbul, Ali Dirik moved to London in 1987. Within 4 years and together with a business partner, he opened the first Mangal Ocakbasi on the back streets of Dalston. The innovative 'ocakbasi' restaurant, with its charcoal cooking method was the first of its kind in London and soon gained a cult following, with numerous press reviews and awards.
By 1994, Ali opened Mangal Ocakbasi II and later ended his involvement with the first Mangal Ocakbasi. Embedding the successful menu with plenty of new additions, and a larger seating capacity, Mangal II became a local favourite.
Now run by his sons, Ferhat and Sertac Dirik, today Mangal 2 finds itself offering a more casual dining experience that’s complemented with a concise menu. We now provide spacious seating in a more detail-focused atmosphere, with weekly specials, refreshing natural wines, and locally-brewed beers on draught. Mangal 2 is pairing the modern dining experience with a refined and exceptional Anatolian menu. Respecting the traditions of the restaurant’s past, the menu also reflects a modern palate that’s receptive to London’s position in the global culinary scene. Working with passionate and knowledgable suppliers our menu presents seasonality, which is the basis of all Anatolian food. All this is made possible with a dedicated small team, with a duty to honour our roots from Kayseri, Turkey, with a little assistance from our beloved Ocakbasi grill.
Note: Ali Dirik is the owner of the Mangal name (trademarked) in the UK.
Only Mangal 1 and Mangal II restaurants have permission to use the Mangal name.
Just fantastic. Enjoying the leftovers still!!
great as always- one of my top fav places in london! thank you- we'll be back after lockdown 2!
Everything was incredible! Can't wait to come back
Thank you, lovely hospitality and life affirming cooking!
Thanks for a wonderful evening. The food and service were fantastic and you all did a great job with the COVID-19 cleaning procedures. Thank you!
Quality service from all the staff and great food. Would recommend and will definitely come back!
Wonderful! A really great relaunch, lots of thought has gone into making staff and customers safe, the new dishes are really delicious and friendly service. Still thinking about the Mackerel and lamb chops we ate!
The food is excellent! Everything was SO tasty. The service was fantastic and despite the COVID separators it still had a lovely atmosphere. Can’t wait for lockdown 2 to be over so we can come again!!! Thank you for a gorgeous evening!
Simply the best.
Sooo good, all the best bits from a great Turkish dinner just taken to a higher zone, orange wines, only one pudding (amazing), soundtrack spot on, lovely service. Best of living in London.
We ended up having to wait almost half an hour to have our orders taken and given the time limit on tables, that wasn't ideal but the food more than made up for it! Always beautiful tastes!
Really tasty food, very good service.
Fuckin amazing. Will be back as soon as possible. Thank you 🙏
This was our first visit and we’ll definitely be back! Loved the whole experience. Food was amazing, service was really friendly and great vibe.
Positive atmosphere and delicious food :)
The best of the best.
wonderful from start to finish xxxx
Food was very good overall, especially the ezme and sea bass. Hummus lacked flavour though (garlic and and salt) and the doner was overcooked. Also the service could’ve been much, much better. There were errors everywhere!
Would go weekly if I could afford it. Amazing experience as always, food amazing, great gaff, great service!
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