Uyghur food is a cuisine I haven’t sampled too many times before, only trying it twice before my visit to Etles Uyghur Restaurant. However it is a cuisine I have always been interested in. Located a short walk from Walthamstow Central lies a small family run restaurant/takeaway which caught my eye the first time I passed it. I added it to my list of restaurants to try and a couple months later whilst in the area, my partner and I decided it was time to dine at Etles.
Food - 8.5/10
Ambiance - 7/10
Service - 7.5/10
Value for Money - 8/10
Delicious food to try here!
Price Range: ££
Address: 235 Hoe St, Walthamstow, London E17 9PP
Telephone: 020 3620 6978
Nearest Station: Walthamstow Central
We decided to dine at lunch time on a weekend, when entering the restaurant we were seated promptly and began looking at the menu. The restaurant was quite cozy and gave a homely feel. We were only one of two groups dining here so the service was prompt and friendly.
For beverages you can choose from a selection of soft drinks or fruit juices, Ayran (a cold savory yogurt based drink,) coffee or tea. I decided to try the Etken Chai which is a traditional Uyghur Tea, which is boiled with milk and salt. The tea came saved in a big bowl and definitely an interesting beverage which was refreshing. It was Neither too sweet nor savory and came to the price of £3.50.
We decided to skip starters and go straight for mains this day, however if hungry there are various starters to choose from such as Dumplings, Soups, Samosas and more. As I had examined the menu previously I already knew what I wanted to try. We chose to go for a sharing plate known as the Etles Medium Plate Chicken. There was also a choice of a Large Plate Chicken if more peckish for an extra £5. We decided to accompany our main with a side order of Naan. The Etles Medium Plate Chicken is a plate of spicy chicken, potatoes, ginger, garlic and flat noodles served in a special peppered sauce. It is a very filling dish with a kick to it. A great dish to share between two people and was definitely satisfying. The Naan was also a perfect accompaniment to the main. The Naan is quite thick around the edges and thin in the center, one was enough for us to share .
Overall we thoroughly enjoyed our experience at Etles, the food was delicious and the service was rapid. There are a lot of tasty sounding dishes on the menu which I will be back to try! Uyghur food is definitely something we would love to eat again, there is not much choice in London for Uyghur restaurants so it’s definitely worth the trip here to try the food.