Rain and lunch in Harringay, London

It is raining on Harringay High Street. I am waiting for my sogan kebab: minced lamb chargrilled with shallots and served with a pomegranate sauce and a delicious thin flatbread which they don’t even mention on the menu, but the flatbread deserves both mention and praise as it is delicious, if I remember correctly from last time.

Rain in Harringay

The rain is falling and jumping high off the pavement and off the asphalt, in this little bit of Turkey carved out of the London soil. I am facing the street. Resting, peaceful. Enjoying myself for the first time today. I am liking being with my own thoughts and not even the unlovely music can disturb this.

Across the street, Hot Nuts. You’ve got to love a shop called hot nuts. I’m sure that’s exactly what they sell and what they are,  but I also wonder whether the owner appreciates the connotations the name carries in English. I appreciate it, and giggle.

Ayran

I take a sip of ayran, and again I get a sense that all is well with the world. The salty yoghurt drink is excellent, and very refreshing.

Bread and salad

A bite of salad: refreshing tomato and peppery Turkish rocket.

The kebab is as good as I remember. Smokey, sour and delicious. There’s a bit of heat riding at the end of the sour note. I see Urfa and pul biber in the sauce tasting of lamb juice and pomegranate molasses.

It’s brightening up, and so have I. One more tea, and I’m on my way. Relishing its bitter sweet taste on my tongue.

Tea time in Harringay

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Previously: Food Adventures in London: Turkish food in Harringay Green Lanes

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  1. HW

     /  8 August, 2015

    No, no, no……you get the area’s name right in the title then go and spoil it in the body of the article by using the name of the railway station! The area is Harringay! Harringay Green Lanes is a railway station. It’s not the name of the neighbourhood!

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