Restaurants, Turkish Covent Garden
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The Sofra chain is the creation of Hüseyin Özer, who has been a passionate champion of fine Turkish cuisine both in the UK and overseas. He has a formula for its three London restaurants: well-produced food and quick service. This relatively small branch is hidden in the small streets between Covent Garden and Aldwych. The long thin interior widens at the back, but tables still seem rather crowded together in the middle. Thick white tablecloths are offset by a scarlet wall, and metal vents snake across the ceiling. Incongruous as these are, the only jarring element was a painting of the crucifixion for sale on one wall. The traditional Turkish menu is augmented by steaks and vegetarian dishes, Turkish pizzas and a selection of daily specials. We started with a wonderful börek platter, the leek pastry having an outstanding mix of crisp and soft textures. Equally rich in texture was an exceptionally succulent portion of albanian liver. This was followed by a tender hünkar beƒendi – stewed lamb on a bed of smoky mashed aubergine. We also sampled a nicely moist grilled sea bass that was beautifully orange in colour, accompanied by lightly steamed vegetables and mashed potato.

NOTE: It has been announced that this branch of Sofra will be closing at the end of 2014, when the lease on the restaurant expires. The other two branches, off Oxford Street and in Shepherd Market, will remain open.The Time Out Food and Drink Team.


Venue name: Sofra
Address: 36 Tavistock Street
Opening hours: Meals served 8.30am-midnight daily.
Transport: Tube: Covent Garden
Price: Main courses £6.95-£21.95. Set meal £9.95-£12.95 1 course incl drink. Set meze £9.95-£10.95.
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Excellent food ,and very reasonable priced ,Also had a classy bottle of red wine at just £11 . Possibly the very best value in terms of quality and value in Covent Garden !

"Here is a simple but powerful rule - always give people more than what they expect to get." Thank you for your excellent service Aycha.