Review on Black Ax Mangal

Following a successful pop-up in the beer garden of Copenhagen's Bakken nightclub, Black Ax Mangal or BAM as its affectionately known found a permanent location on Highbury Corner roundabout. The concept was created by former head chef of Bread and Wine in Spitalfields Lee Tiernan, together with his wife and business partner Kate Mullinger Tiernan. It may be diminutive in size seating about twenty diners, but it makes up for it with its loud heavy metal music and the bold flavours of Lee's dishes.

Tables are covered in oilcloth with vivid coloured flowers, there's skateboards hanging on the walls and grafitti covered floorboards. Taking centre stage in the tiny open kitchen is the black iron clad domed wood oven, decorated with images of American rock band Kiss, one of the best-selling bands in the history of rock music.

The inventive menu changes daily but you could start with one of their delicious fresh-made sourdough flatbreads with a variety of toppings such as squid ink and smoked cod's roe. Other options worth pursuing would be the pig's head, squid and chilli or buttermilk fried chicken wings and mission spice is a popular choice. They are also open at weekends when their brunch menu features dishes like cinnamon and banana bread, asparagus and fermented shrimp butter and pig cheek, hash browns and fried eggs.

To accompany the food there's a small drinks menu featuring wine, Cisk lager, Fourpure amber ale and cocktails such as Whiskey Sourz.

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Turkish / Global Eclectic


Lee Tiernan

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Lunch: 11.00am - 3.00pm Sat & Sun
Dinner: 6.00 - 10.30pm Mon-Fri

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Black Ax Mangal
156 Canonbury Road
North London
N1 2UP

Nearest tube station: Highbury & Islington

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