Restaurants, Turkish Southwark
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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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Turkish restaurant, ideal location for pre theatre dinner at the Old Vic. Very reasonably priced set menu – two hot meze starters, a main and drink (wine, beer or soft drink). Friendly service and good food. I had the lamb shish with rice, kalamari and soujuk; the lamb shish was very good albeit the rice was quite flavourless and dry.


Fairly priced, mainly if you get the set menus, Tas is a really good option before a play at The Young or Old Vic. I was extremely pleased with the moussaka, and my friend truly enjoyed her red lentil soup and köfte. A downside is the decoration and lighting, too much of a ‘1980’s family-restaurant vibe’, but that’s really not bad enough to outweigh the delicious food and friendly service.

Alex PD

Tas is a good spot which always delivers, though doesn’t dazzle. The staff are friendly and able to help, the food is decent if not particularly exciting -with plenty of variety - and the atmosphere is light and cheerful. They do excellent lunch and dinner deals which let you try lots of different options and it’s a solid choice for a quick dinner or lunch in the area.

Emma S

My friend and I enjoyed a quick bite here before heading to the Young Vic to see a play. The service is fast and the mezze delicious. There's a really extensive menu and it's difficult to decide, but there are good value sharing menus so you can dip into a bit of everything. It can get busy and not all of the staff are super friendly, but we had a wonderful table by the open doors on the street. It felt like we were in Turkey on holiday. 


I like this restaurant. It offers really nice Turkish food and the set menus are reasonably priced. I wouldn't say this is the best Turkish food London has to offer but as a non busy pit stop if you in the area this place rates pretty highly in my books. 


Write a review...Tas 'The Cut' in Southwark is mouth wateringly yum! I am a huge fan of Turkish Cuisine and this is one of my favourite restaurants. Off the menu I always go for 'Iskender', which is a delicious grilled mix meat dish on a bed of bread served with Tomato sauce and yoghurt, a truly taste tangling plate of goodness! The setting traditional but keeps with a clean modern feel and the staff are always friendly. My most recent visit was with my partner for a mid-week pre-theatre meal and as always I was blown away by the tastes in my mouth. Just around the corner is another one of the Tas branches, Ev.


Nadia G

Good value, good fun, delicious Mezze. Friendly service and good set menus. The amb Kofta with cous cous was tasty!


Good value and good food.  Not ideal for leisurely dinner at busy times  - can feel quite frantic.  But I've always found the staff to be very professional and certainly good place for lunch.  


We have often eaten here - mostly lunch, but this Saturday evening also. We have always found it extremely good value, excellent service and very good food - especially the grilled stuff (shish etc.) The food is simple and unpretenious and all the better for that.


Good Turkish restaurant and nice staff. Maybe they have changed the staff, the only thing is the guy at the entrance. The food is very good and they cook a very good Mussaka I think is better to ask for main dishes instead of the menu sets.


service is awful. starving at the beginning. waiting for ever for a little bread and for water. Group Menu - compulsory because we are 12. starters come really after long time. then the main course was probably too much food - all of us felt too full. Again getting some water or a coke requires waiting too much. Food is good though.