Black Axe Mangal

Black Axe Mangal

| North London

Lee Tiernan's Black Axe Mangal has made a small site on Highbury Corner into - in our opinion - one of the best restaurants in London. With metal and rock music blaring out on the speakers, it's certainly unlike much else in town. It's described as 'an unauthentic, bastardised take of Turkish Mangal and Ocakbasi, with global influences.' With an ever-changing menu, it rewards repeat visits.

Restaurant details

156 Canonbury Road, London N1 2UP
More info: 
  • Takeaway available
  • No reservations


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156 Canonbury Road, London N1 2UP


Critic reviews - total score 8 out of 10

Critics' score: 9
Giles Coren Times
Reviewed on December 12, 2015
"For Tiernan’s cooking is not only nose-to-tail, but balls-deep, too, and quite the loudest cooking you will ever taste. And I think that is probably how he developed it: so that however loud he turns up the volume on his music, you will always be able to hear his food, screaming even louder over the top." READ REVIEW

Critics' score: 8
Lisa Markwell Independent
Reviewed by November 29, 2015
"Audacious is the first word I thought of for Black Axe Mangal. It's a little place with huge ideas and it's so, so worth the wait (especially, traditionally, in the pub)." READ REVIEW

Critics' score: 8
Tom Parker Bowles Mail
Reviewed on November 22, 2015
"It has the technique of a Jimmy Page guitar solo, the passion and power of Keith Moon thrashing those drums. In short, the place makes me as excited as a groupie with a backstage pass. Trust me, Black Axe Mangal really, really rocks." READ REVIEW

Critics' score: 8
Fay Maschler Evening Standard
Reviewed on October 07, 2015
"Lee and Kate Mullinger Tiernan have created an extraordinary Mom & Pop establishment, which despite all visual and sonic evidence to the contrary is decorous — dishes are sent out in precisely the right rhythm — gastronomically erudite and devoted to enthralling whirligigs of flavour and seasoning." READ REVIEW

Critics' score: 6
Ashleigh Arnott Time Out
Reviewed on September 15, 2015
"It follows that the menu is what would happen if a gastropub had a one-night stand with a Turkish chargrill. Crispy pig cheek and Waldorf salad are most uncommon bedfellows." READ REVIEW