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Dilara

27 Blackstock Road

Islington N4 2JF Greater London, United Kingdom

Big plate chicken

“This huge stew of braised chicken, pepper, velvety sauce-sodden potatoes, ever-so-slightly-mouth-numbing dry chilli, and flat chewy noodles has taken a lease on the part of my brain that decides what I’m going to eat when I’m feeling pathetic and incapable of making a decision. Not that there aren’t plenty of amazing options at this fantastic little Uyghur specialist on Blackstock Road. Rather, this dish is a non-negotiable. That Dilara was my first regular haunt once the first lockdown eased and restaurants started re-opening makes it just that little bit more special to me.” - OJF

Halal status: All meat is halal

There are plenty of restaurants serving great Turkish food around N4, but this is the only one we know of that also serves Uyghur specialities. Whether you settle into one of their warm, cosy booths for a solo bowl of fat, slippery legmen noodles, or you get the large plate chicken to share with a few friends, you’ll soon see that this low-key spot has all the makings of a place you’ll want to visit regularly. Also, take our word for it: you’re definitely going to want to order a little extra to take home for tomorrow.

Dilara is open for delivery.

Large plate chicken

“The magnificent, glistening plate of food you see before you has left a strange imprint on me. It’s all I can think of. And it’s all I talk about. I’ve caught myself whispering to people about it in secretive tones, as if I’m inviting them to join me in some kind of a conspiracy. “Have you ever had the large plate chicken at Dilara?” I ask, “It’s only on Blackstock Road. Shall we go get it now?”. All you really need to know is that this huge stew of braised chicken, pepper, velvety sauce-sodden potatoes, ever-so-slightly-mouth-numbing dry chilli, and flat chewy noodles is an absolute must order.”

- OJF

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