Restaurants , Turkish Southwark
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  • 3 out of 5 stars
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© Michelle Grant

It’s not hard to see why this branch of Tas is usually busy. The location is fantastic, between Waterloo and Southwark stations and near both Vic theatres; the space is bright and inviting; the menus and website do an excellent job of enthusiastically extolling the virtues of Anatolian cuisine; and the pricing is pretty irresistible. The catch, unsurprisingly, is that the food is unexceptional. Apart from a damp, soggy cheese börek and an over-lemony tabouleh, nothing on our visit was bad, and the lamb köfte main was cheeringly flavourful, if a little on the dry side. Everything else was a good example of chain-restaurant mediocrity – blandly seasoned, inoffensively spiced, but tried-and-tested to the point of high-street reliability. The türlü, a mixed vegetable stew with couscous and yoghurt, was particularly dull (and the potatoes were undercooked). Nevertheless, you can get a substantial meal for around £13 here, including bread, yoghurt and salad at the start and turkish delight at the end. Service is speedy, the wine list has depth, and the atmosphere fits the bill – yet you’d only come here to eat before heading somewhere more exciting.

Venue name: Tas
Address: 33 The Cut
Opening hours: Meals served noon-11.30pm Mon-Sat; noon-10.30pm Sun
Transport: Tube: Southwark tube
Price: Main courses £8.45-£12.25. Set meze £10.45
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