The Borough branch of Tas neatly embodies the traits that make this Anatolian chain so popular. The pillared white interior is simply decorated – a wall mosaic here, a framed painting of Turkish women there – but with its artful spot-lighting and liberal arrangement of potted plants, it offers a Mediterranean ambience that on our last visit was bolstered by an elderly guitarist plucking away in the background.
The menu lists more than 40 starters alongside a huge range of grills, casseroles and fish dishes, but our selections varied from delicious to disappointing. A hot starter of patlıcan-biber kizartma featured generous chunks of aubergine in a fresh-tasting tomato and yoghurt sauce, but was served lukewarm; better was a cold confection of zeytinli ahtapot salatasi (marinated baby octopus in a salad of red onions, olives and coriander). A main of slow-cooked íncik lamb shank was tender enough to fall off the bone, and came in a rich tomato sauce, but a vegetarian kabak stew of courgettes with tomatoes, chickpeas and potatoes was watery and under-seasoned.
As a window into the breadth of Anatolian cuisine, Tas does a commendable job; as a mainstream chain, it might benefit from a less ambitious menu.
72 Borough High Street
|Opening hours:||Meals served noon-11.30pm daily|
|Transport:||Tube: London Bridge tube/rail|
|Price:||Main courses £7.95-£12.90|
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Had lunch here, complimentary bread and olives was nice, food however was average and was half chips, half huge lump of average steak. Service was fine but nothing good to say. Whilst I was still eating a staff meeting was held at the table just behind me, I heard the words "personal hygiene", "hair" and "fingernails" which put my off any more of my meal. I then asked to have the service charge removed, as there was nothing special about my experience to reward them for, and the manager was called over and then adopted a grumpy attitude as I explained that it was just "fine".
We tend to go there with the office every now and then around lunch time. Food has always been ok, although as a minus the service is somewhat slow
Dined here before and was relatively satisfied, however after last nights poor service we will be taking our custom elsewhere in the future. Had to ask for the bill 4 times and eventually sit in our coats to make it clear we wanted to go, our waitress finally obliged by banging the receipt down on the table (you know who you are) as a result we paid our bill minus the service charge, no one rewards bad manners young lady.