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As usual, lovely meal with the family, great quality ingredients, fresh and tasty. The restaurant is also beautifully air conditioned so ideal in hot weather.
We come here often and the food is always amazing. The kids live it too, especially the hot meze platter
Always great food freshly prepared, reasonably priced and plentiful. We love this place.
We always enjoy our visits to Dem, both as a couple and quite often as a larger group. The greeting is consistently welcoming , the service is wonderful and the service warm and helpful.
Situated in a almost passable street in Crystal Palace, fronted by a humble restaurant sign, is this little Turkish restaurant. At least, it looks little from the outside. Walk in, and you're presented with a rather large venue, with seating for many patrons. There is no maître d' or equivalent to check our booking or offer us seating. It took a few minutes of trying get someone's attention to even get noticed, another five minutes or so for a table to be setup, and once seated and given menus, it took over 15 minutes to order some drinks. I believe this service issue is an exception as it was Father's day, and the restaurant was exceptionally busy, therefore the serving staff were stretched. I suspect a "normal" day would be better.
I didn't expect much at this stage, however, this venue turned out to be a hidden gem!
Forget location, ambience or service. If your goal is to try some incredible Turkish food, this is the place to go! My mum and dad love Turkish food, and we're no strangers to it. Although all Turkish restaurants tend to have a very similar menu, each has it's own variation on their standard recipes. This is where Dem stands out from the crowd, the bread was seasoned with a unique blend of spices (I suspect paprika and celery salt??), and similarly, the meats were seasoned and flavoursome. There won't be enough bread served for the meze, so you will need to order more. Also, the salad and bread that gets delivered to the table when you sit down is all you'll be given with your entire mains (which are served simply as meat and rice). So don't over do it and finish these off before your mains arrive!
I do recommend this restaurant for the food & look forward to going there on a non-special occasion so that I may experience it in a fairer setting for the service staff.
Fantastic food. Great value. Can't wait to come again
I went with a friend and we ordered starters and a main, shortly after some complimentary snacks arrived, which was bread, dips, salad and onions, which is a lovely gesture but if we had known we would not have ordered starters as there was a lot of uneaten food which seems a waste. For mains I had a lamb skewer which was cooked perfectly and tasted delicious. My friend ordered the falafel as she is vegetarian, she said they were dry and the sauce it came with was not very nice either. She was not happy with the vegetarian selection. The service was very good though and we also got complimentary baklava's for dessert.
It’s a family favourite . I really enjoyed my self.
Dem must be the best Turkish restaurant in south east London.
Typical Turkish fayre. Tasty, nice surroundings and not too busy.
Food was very good, can’t fault it apart from there wasn’t enough bread with the mix meze stater. The ambience was pretty much non existent, cafe style no frills dinning. Felt rushed to order. Personally I would not go here for a special occasion. Prices were reasonable.
Delicious meze food, friendly staff, always go here for relaxed group get togethers!
Lovely food, great staff, so friendly , value for money and good portions
Very good service and great food. The prices were very reasonable as well, would definitely recommend the place.
Booked dinner with my family to celebrate my birthday. Restaurant was full with diners. Food was well seasoned and the meat was tender. Portions were a good size. The complimentary Salads, dips, bread and baklava were a welcome treat. My sister mentioned it was my birthday and a few minutes later our waitress appeared with a slice of cake with a candle in it accompanied by a birthday song playing through the speakers. A lovely touch. Professional and courteous staff and great food. Will definitely come back again.
The food was tasty, the service was attentive without smothering, the price was very reasonable!
DEM restaurant is the GEM of Crystal Palace.... such an amazing place !!!! Don't take my word for it please try it for yourselves. Love DEM. My only regret is they don't do deliveries xx
Great local family restaurant. No frills and nothing fancy, just good honest, authentic cooking and service.
10/10. Food is perfect and great service ! This place gets better and better.
Lovely place with delicious food and friendly staff.
We had a really good time at Dem's. The waiters were all friendly and helpful and service was prompt. It had a good, relaxing atmosphere. There was a wide variety of options on the menu, including a variety of options for vegetarians. The food was really tasty - we were a party of 3 and all had a different meal which everyone enjoyed. The portions were so large none of us were able to finish our meals!
I would definitley go back
Dem Restaurant is rated 4.5 stars by 21 OpenTable diners.