Leydi in London marks Selin Kaizim's return

Leydi in London marks Selin Kaizim's return



The upcoming Turkish restaurant will feature a menu curated by Selin of Oklava-fame.

London’s culinary landscape boasts many options catering to every palate. And now, it’s about to get a new addition because renowned chef Selin Kiazim is making a grand return to London with Leydi.

Set to open this September, Leydi will find a home in the new Hyde London City hotel located in Farringdon. This eatery will offer Turkish cuisine, a speciality of Selin. With its rich Turkish history and flavours, Leydi promises to be a gastronomic celebration of Istanbul’s culinary heritage.

Leydi will give London foodies a chance to kick start their day with a traditional Turkish breakfast. Expect dishes like boreks, lavash rolls, and menemen. The restaurant will serve lunch and dinner as well, with a menu boasting lahmacuns, pides, doner, baked hummus, smoked aubergine, adana kebap, Welsh lamb kebap, pistachio katmer, kunefe and the famous Islak burgers to name a few.

Selin’s return to London’s food scene is exciting for fans who have missed her food since the closure of Oklava. This beloved restaurant was a staple in London’s dining scene for years before it closed in January 2023, succumbing to the pandemic and rising operational costs.

For those unversed with Selin, she is a famous Turkish-Cypriot chef celebrated for her innovative approach to Middle Eastern cuisine. She has made a significant impact on London's culinary scene, offering flavorful dishes that pay homage to her heritage. Her talent and passion for food have earned her numerous accolades, making her a respected figure in the industry.

Hyde London City, located in the heart of London at 15 Old Bailey, occupies a historic building that was once the Spiers & Pond Hotel and even housed the first hotel in London with electric lighting. This soon-to-open seven-story hotel boasts 111 rooms and aims to be a luxurious yet bohemian escape. In addition to Leydi, the dining destinations include a Japanese-inspired underground cocktail bar called Black Lacquer, with a focus on vinyl records.

With Leydi, Selin is not just returning to London’s culinary scene but also bringing the flavours of Istanbul with her. So mark your calendars for September and get ready to indulge in a Turkish feast like no other.

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