Nargile (the name is a type of water pipe, i.e. a bong) is somewhere I go to occasionally, but have never thought of as being particularly vegan-friendly. Like many Turkish and Middle Eastern places, there’s yoghurt in everything. There was, so I thought, no indication on the menu as to what would be suitable.
We have a house guest, so we went there last night, and I had real trouble deciding, and that’s when I was presented with the special menu – the one that’s marked up indicated which dishes are vegan, dairy-free, gluten-free etc., and those which can be made so. It even mentioned what changes would be made to render the dishes suitable for whatever need I had. It was surprising how much of the yoghurt was an afterthought. In the end I went for a selection of cold vegan mezze, and was presented with an enormous platter with a beetroot dish, dolmas, butter beans in tomato sauce, hummous and a couple of other fresh vegetable dishes. I couldn’t finish it, but I came close!
Recommended, but ask for the marked-up menu. The prices are mid-range – about £20 a head for three courses without wine.