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Sofra Restaurant: Turkish/Moroccan
Downstairs is very good and cosy but upstairs is like a wind tunnel. Get a table downstairs!
There are six Sofra restaurants in the west end, the one I went to was on Tavistock Street, Covent Garden.
Favorite Dish: Meze
Sofra (dining table): Turkish, Middle Eastern Cuisine
Sofra (dining table) is located in a quite central area in east side of Covent Garden. The restaurant provide Middle Eastern, and some international cuisnes in a very fine atmos.
The dining area is so relaxed with its redish color walls and a bit dimed lighting. the staff were friendly, and ready to serve.
It cost about 18-25 pounds for the set menu for each person.
The fresh and colourful, Sofra food is using a wealth of aromatic vegetables and a distinctive selection of herbs and spices.
The dishes drawing upon diverse influences. They mainly have Turkish home cooking with an eclectic mix of Mediterranean, Middle-Eastern and even Oriental styles.
Favorite Dish: Mixed girls, Vegi soup.
Sofra Restaurant: Turkish Delight!
Sofra was listed in my Cheap Eats in London as a great value for a quality Turkish restaurant, and being in London, we wanted to broaden our horizons and try an ethnic restaurant on our 2004 trip. We certainly weren't disappointed!
Don't be put off if a server comes out to the front door and tries to lure you into the restaurant. It's a little pushy, but as I walked by other restaurants in this area, I realized that every place was doing it--guess competition is too tight!
The ambience is casual, but with nice touches like fresh flowers and votive candles. It's a relatively small place, and the servers don't speak much English (except one that was always on hand to "interpret" if things got too confusing!), but that adds to the experience, in my opinion.
Favorite Dish: We had the sampler of vegetarian mezes (light dishes, like Spanish tapas), and it was a great way to get a sampling of many different things on the menu (and great for veggies who never know what kind of mystery meat might pop up on an ethnic menu!).
Sofra: Posh Turkish
London has a huge Turkish community especially in Stoke Newington and some areas in the south east of the city. Basically turkish kebabrestaurants are everywhere but if you fancy some more than a donner then Sofra is very good. They have a few restautrants but I've been to the one in covent garden and the one in Mayfair but they even have one in Istanbul. The menu has something for everyone and during christmas they have really good set menus.
Favorite Dish: My favourite is the knuckle of lamb. The mezzes are the best and you can also get Turkish wine here though the white is much better than the red.
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Sofra: Unassuming restaurant with great ethnic cuisine
I got the recommendation to eat here from the excellent book Cheap Eats in London. There are several Sofra restaurants in London (as well as one in Ankara and on in Finland!?), but this one boasts a great location, tucked away behind Covent Garden. The wait staff barely speaks English, but that adds to the charm. :) They were extremely eager to please, constantly refilling the bread bowl and water glasses, and giving excellent service. A live band was warming up in the rear dining room when we were there for a pre-theatre dinner on a Friday night. The atmosphere is very simple, but the emphasis here is on good food at very reasonable prices for London.
Favorite Dish: Great vegetarian selections about here, since they have a veggie "mezes" selection of about 10 different little dishes, such as hummus, olives, moussaka, falafel, dolma, etc. They serve full main dishes, too, but I think the mezes platters are the best deal, and easily feed two. The baklava is great for dessert!
Sofra Restaurant: The baklava
Favorite Dish: The baklava wasn't your typical Greek version...this one is heavy on pistachios, which gives it a wonderful nutty flavor.
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