Otherwise known as a graveyard for retailers, Worcester Park High Street's latest offering describes itself as an authentic Turkish restaurant. Sheesh Mangal is is a breath of fresh air for my humble high street which consists predominantly of about 12 hair salons and 8 charity shops and numerous Italian restaurants.
Sheesh Mangal offers an extensive menu with a variety of hot and cold mezes (starters), making it hard for a diner to decide what to begin with, especially if you're not familiar with Turkish food. I had the hallumi cheese starter which was gloriously flavoursome and salty, perfect for cheese lovers like myself. The main courses are typically Turkish with different types of grilled chicken and lamb meats and a small selection of fish and seafood dishes to choose from. There is also a a selection of steaks which I went for being the steak lover that I am. The steak was slightly undercooked for my liking, I asked for medium, but the waitress was more than happy to take it back to the chef to cook it a little bit longer. Great flavours and good quality meat, served with chips/salad/rice and warm Turkish bread, what's not to love? The chilli sauce on the side is great for those who like their spice. The drinks menu is fairly extensive, aiming to cater for all drinkers.
The decor in Sheesh Mangal is tasteful with many exotic artifacts,
including some rather intriguing paintings. Having used the same layout
as it's predecessors (Avventura Italian), the owners have paid attention
to detail with beautiful lanterns set in bold colours.
One of the good things about this restaurant is that it's child friendly with a great kids menu, which includes ice-cream!
Sheesh Mangal is exactly what Worcester Park needed. Having been to Turkey many times, I can verify that the food is authentic and a real taste of the orient, so support a local business and visit Sheesh Mangal. Oh and they also provide a take away service, which is similar to Aroma in Kingston, so well worth a visit.