Ali Dirik, Mangal 2's owner, 1997
THE HISTORY OF MANGAL 2
After working as a young and aspiring chef in Istanbul, Ali Dirik moved to London in 1987. Within 4 years and together with a business partner, he opened the first Mangal Ocakbasi on the back streets of Dalston. The innovative 'ocakbasi' restaurant, with its charcoal cooking method was the first of its kind in London and soon gained a cult following, with numerous press reviews and awards.
By 1997, Ali opened Mangal Ocakbasi 2 and later ended his involvement with the first Mangal Ocakbasi. Embedding the successful menu with plenty of new additions, and a larger seating capacity, Mangal 2 became a local favourite.
Succulent grilled meat and seafood, an array of hot and cold Turkish meze starters, complementary wine list and homemade desserts seats Mangal 2 among London's favourite restaurants. Boasting a lively atmosphere where the ocakbasi grill takes centre stage, professional and efficient service and prime location in the ever-developing Dalston neighbourhood, Mangal 2 is the choice restaurant for thousands of diners every month.
With a new expansion in place to cater for large functions, and an eager attitude by management to continually maintain standards, Mangal 2 welcomes you to experience Turkish dining at its best.
Note: Ali Dirik is the owner of the Mangal name (trademarked) in the UK.
Only Mangal 1 and Mangal 2 restaurants have permission to use the Mangal name.