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Sofra Turkish Restaurant
Friday 10th August 2001
We'd arrived in London this morning for a long weekend. A walk around Mayfair, trying to locate places I'd visited many years ago near Berkeley Square, left us footsore and hungry. We happened upon this little street, and noticed a few eating places.
One, "L'Autre", a Polish-Mexican restaurant, was intriguing, but we decided to leave it for another visit, because just up the street was a restaurant with tables outside - a more inviting proposition in the hot weather.
Sofra had a few diners seated, all inside, and we noticed that the windows opened up to such an extent that the tables next to them could as well have been outside.
We took just such a table after being enticed by the menu. A Beer, and an Orange Juice - it was hot, and we were really thirsty after our walk. There were just so many dished I wanted to try, so I asked the waiter if there would be any objection to me ordering a selection of starters, without any main course. He said no problem, but suggested the Mezze set meal (for two people), which consisted of eleven dishes - probably as many as I could manage anyway.
Both Marg and I though this was a good idea, but we asked them to give us ten mnutes or so before bringing the meal, as we needed that much time to get through the extremely good bread, tasty hummus dip and luscious olives!!!
A bottle of Yakut, red Turkish wine, accompanied the meal very nicely.
I'll try to list the dishes individually - I took some notes but must admit I was paying more attention to the eating than the writing!!
Tabbouleh: Parsley Salad with Mint, Lemon, Bulgur, Tomato
Having eaten at lesser Turkish establishments in the past, I was not expecting to be overwhelmed, so I was especially pleased.
I thought that each dish was spectacular. Even Marg, who is a little more conservative than I, thoroughly enjoyed all but one (She found the stuffed Vine leaves a little tart for her taste).
The whole experience was something special - informal, good food, good setting, pleasant and efficient staff. By the time we were half way through the meal, the place had really filled up. It seemed to me that a good proportion of the diners were locals.
To cap it all, the bill came to...
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Sandro and Marg