Efes – Commercial Road





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Posted October 17, 2013 by

…a place that may just have teething problems or possible more than meets the eyes

With high hopes we arranged a visit to our new local meat fix. The weeks leading up to their opening we eagerly watched as the signs and decor was completed. This could be it! the new hot spot!

I managed to double book with the family and the long awaited school reunion, I decided to sit in with them till the class of 97 arrived. As you enter you will notice there was no expense spared to make Efes look like the best kebab house in town. The were a few teething problems with the menus, seating arrangements and starter which I was willing to let pass.


I joined my class reunion when they arrived, we ordered lahmachun for starters to go with our fresh bread, humus and salad. For mains we decided to go for 3 mains rather than a mix grill, we ordered a chicken shish, lamb shish and a ribs, all which came accompanying with rice and a side of salad. The lahmachun came promptly, looking pale and under cooked, it was cold to the touch. Bringing to the attention to the waiter, our starter was reheated while we waited to be promptly served again. The lahmachun was okay, the meat tasted a little to fatty in my opinion.

The mains arrived almost too soon, the rice was far too oily, my class mates decided to give most of it a miss. We made an attempt on the lamb shish which was over cooked and lacking flavour. The chicken was dry and hard to swallow, the ribs fatty and not what I was hoping for. While we caught up on the years gone, by I felt disappointed by Efes, a place that may just have teething problems or possible more than meets the eyes.

My friend at the table recognised the manager, Efes had the same owner as the kebab joint under cineworld in Ilford. Now I knew where I recognised the food quality.

Efes is in a nice location, nice decor, mediocre food with an over priced menu. For ribs check the legendary Tas Firin, for quality mixed grills try Haz or Hazeve, for kebab shop quality kebabs your better off going to City Kebab in Mile End.

Sorry Efes, don’t think I will be coming back, nice venue I must say for Commercial Road.

Efes Whitechapel

020 77903299

230 Commercial Road

London E1 2NB

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    Very expensive,tasteless and portion very small.wont be coming back


    I had the chicken beyti and thought the portions were massive!

    Service was great but at the end of the day, the food it sells are the same as a kebab shop.

    Mandy Jacobs

    Food was great, excellent staff made us feel really welcome and couldn’t do enough for us. Been there twice and will be going there for mothers day this saturday***********

    Loved it

    Usual Customer

    Went to buy some food for a big family gathering. Food quality was ok. Service was atrocious. Certain extras were missing and when brought to their attention, rather than any understanding, received counter allegations.

    Not going there again nor recommending to any one.

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