I can only presume that one of the major reasons food bloggers eat together is that our passion for food is slightly perverse and sometimes your friends or partners just can’t be enticed to that out of the way place in Dalston for 5% better lahmacun. I wrote this post whilst Jen and I were in Andalucia in Spain and days were planned around its regional delicacies or where the next seafood hit came from. Art, culture, history; they were all adjuncts to the food.
Still there is something to be said from meeting with en masse with other foodies as you get to borrow from their knowledge and experiences. This meal I learnt about all the great meals I had missed when I visited Istanbul (I didn’t have too many good meals) previously from Mathilde who has lived there. And Grubworm and Leluu and Fernandez gave me, as ever, a further education on food and cooking.
Still the descent of a group of food bloggers must, occasionally, feel like some form of blogger blitzkrieg to a restaurant. I was tweeting with Niamh from Eat Like A Girl after (her blog is here) about collective nouns for bloggers and she offered “a murder of bloggers”. This reflects the way in which a group of food bloggers almost because of their excitement and expectations can be a restaurant’s worst nightmare if those hopes are dashed (or, if they get it right a PR gift).
Unfortunately our meal at Ozlem was in the first category. We had gone based on a review by another London food blogger who, where I have had matching meals, has opinions which are pretty much one for one with mine (Will Eat for Money here). However, our meal didn’t reach the levels he described and was good lahmacun, average starters and disappointing mains (read Grubworm’s post for the gory details here).
Unfortunately it is all still Green Lanes and Antpeliler for me.
Price – 20 odd a head