Huseyin and Tugba at Tad Restaurant. Making lunchtime lahmacun last Wednesday afternoon. £2.30 for a veggie one (Anatolia nextdoor doesn't do one that's veggie, but go there to get your sumac soaked grilled onions 😍) and on-the-house rice pud 🙏🏽🇹🇷.
Ask. Shared curiosity gets you in the kitchen. Smiles with strangers, flour and fists, connection through rhythms of our hands. Perspectives and journeys, exchanges and conversations - tying it together, "it is what it is".
Their restaurant on Mare Street was opened about 30 years ago by Huseyin's father (who used to own an electrical company in Turkey). Huseyin took it over and had a bit of rebranding last year. "13 + hour days, it's hard work, hospitality, I wouldn't have chosen this or say I love it. I studied electrical engineering at Middlesex Uni when it was a polytechnic, which is why we moved to London. But I had to step in and help with the family business. You can't look at what you 'could have done' though, so smile and enjoy. Make the most of things".
His wife Tugba enjoys making lahmacun "I make about 5 a day for my three sons". Her favourite dish is labneh, and she's been cooking since she was very young.
Tad's open till midnight for takeaway, if you're in E8, go and get one. Not the 24hr open Tescos' laminated sandwich or wrap from KFC 💜💃🏽