cafe z bar turkish restaurant, stoke newington

Cafe Z Bar Turkish Restaurant Stoke Newington

Cafe Z Bar is a popular eatery in Stoke Newington. This is a Turkish restaurant offering an excellent array of breakfast and brunch options. You can enjoy a traditional Middle Eastern breakfast, like Menemem and Yumurter, offered alongside classic British options. If you’re looking for Turkish restaurants in Stoke Newington, breakfast in Stoke Newington or weekend brunch in North London do give Cafe Z Bar a try.

cafe z bar, vegetarian falafel burger

Vegetarian Falafel Burger

“Brilliant brunch spot with an array of Middle Eastern dishes, British breakfast options and meze delights made with quality ingredients at reasonable prices,” Homegirl London

Cafe Z Bar Menu

I’ve eaten at this restaurant a few times now and have always enjoyed the food which is a tasty and good value for money. They use free-range ingredients which is great. It’s a fantastic place to brunch with a bunch of friends because they have an extensive menu. The dishes include plenty of vegetarian options as well, which kept me happy. I’ll start with the Middle Eastern speciality breakfasts. Menemem is scrambled eggs mixed with added ingredients like tomatoes, peppers, spinach, hot chilli, feta, minced beef, Turkish sausage or bacon.  The egg is cooked with the ingredients in a big silver pan which is brought to your table with bread.  There are eight variations, including vegetarian options. We tried a veggie version with tomatoes, peppers, spinach and feta which was filling and tasty.

cafe z bar, vegetarian menemem

Vegetarian Menemem

Or you might want to try Yumurta, which is Middle Eastern bread cooked with toppings, so it’s a bit like a breakfast pizza. Mostly it’s fried eggs plus a selection of herbs, peppers, tomatoes, onions, spinach, feta, Halloumi, Turkish sausage, bacon, etc. They have seven variations. We tried a veggie version which made a nice change from the breakfast norm. We forgot to ask for our eggs well done, so they kindly took this back and re-did the eggs for us. I’m telling you that because this picture doesn’t do the original dish justice, it looked much better when they first brought it to our table.

cafe z bar, vegetarian yumurta

Vegetarian Yumurta (with eggs well done)

You have a choice of seven set breakfasts with meat or veggie versions. These include egg, bacon, Turkish sausage, veggie sausage, bubble, mushrooms, beans, chips, halloumi, feta, etc. If you have something particular in mind, you can always create your breakfast. Porridge, granola and pancakes are also featured. So you see, they do have everything you could want for breakfast.

cafe z bar, vegetarian breakfast

Vegetarian Breakfast

If you fancy something else, they have a wide range of sandwiches or wraps. The burgers are also delicious; beef, chorizo or chicken. I’ve tried the two veggie burgers, the falafel and the halloumi which are were excellent. They come with a side of chips and onion rings, so it’s quite substantial.

cafe z bar, vegetarian burger and fries

Vegetarian Halloumi Burger with Fries and Onion Rings

After 11 am, you can also order from the meze menu. This features humous, olives, feta cheese parcels, falafel, deep-fried courgette fritters, borek, stuffed vine leaves, Turkish sausage, grilled lamb meatballs, calamari and more. They also have a mixed cold meze and hot meze tasting dish. This can be accompanied by one of their salads. Or you might want to go for a main like rib-eye steak, kebab or kofte. Drinks-wise, you have tea, coffee and fresh juices (apple, carrot, orange combinations with added ginger) which come in a cute bottle with a straw. Alcohol includes beers, wines and cocktails.

Cafe Z Bar Interiors

As you rock up, there might be a queue out the door at the weekend because this is a very popular eatery. There are a couple of tables on the pavement which are ideal if you want to smoke. Inside, it’s a homely environment which is on two levels. You’ll notice local entertainment posters on the walls and books on shelves. On the ground floor level, they have a mix of larger tables for bigger groups, tables for two around the edges and solo seats facing the window which looks out onto the busy street.

cafe z bar, interior

Restaurant Interior

Downstairs you’ll find the toilets and a few more tables plus an open kitchen. It’s nicer upstairs which has a rustic décor vibe. With bare brick walls and eclectic vintage wooden tables and chairs, it’s a friendly and relaxing space.

Cafe Z Bar information

cafe z bar, exterior

Restaurant Exterior

Cuisine: Turkish influence with some Middle Eastern specialities
Price: Menemem £5-7, Yumurter £5.50-6.50, set breakfasts £5.95-7.50, burgers £7.95-10.95, cold meze plate £7.95 and hot meze plate £8.95
Website: No website so check the listing on Google Maps
Address: 58 Stoke Newington High Street, London N16 7PB
Near: Nearest stations are Stoke Newington and Rectory Road which are both on the Overground
Open: Check Google Maps for the current opening times
Wi-Fi: Yes
Décor: Relaxed and low key
Seating: Few seats outside and spread over two floors
Toilets: Downstairs
Reservations: No need to book as this is a café so first come first served

Author: Homegirl London. Photographs: Homegirl London. Thanks: Homeboy and Rich for dining with me.