I’ve been meaning to try one of the Tas Restaurant branches for a while now, and finally got the chance last night.
I was a little underwhelmed when first arriving at the branch in Borough High Street (only minutes from London Bridge Station) as the decor was modern, shiny and new – I guess I was expecting (and hoping for!) a more traditional Turkish-style interior complete with wall-carpet and bellydancers.
When we were seated, we were immediately brought little dishes of olives, tzatziki and warm Turkish bread, along with iced tap water (I have never automatically been given water without asking at any London restaurant, even though it’s quite common in Australia). The bread disappeared quickly, only to be wordlessly replaced by one of the many waiters gliding past our table. Impressive.
I chose the Mucver for starter, and the gorgeous little fritters of grated courgette, dill, and carrot arrived in no time at all, served with a chilled tangy garlic sauce.
My mousakka came from the kitchen looking like a colourful explosion of mess, but tasted divine. The richness of the cheese sauce was tempered really nicely by the combination of minted lamb mince and the red cabbage garnish. Simple, classic and really satisfying.
The serving was HUGE. Enough for two people, easily. But it was so delicious that I pushed past the point where I should have stopped and virtually rolled out of the restaurant after paying the £46.00 bill – not bad for two starters, two mains and a bottle of wine.
Can’t wait to visit one of the many other Tas Restaurant branches around London.