Tas Turkish restaurant, London, review

Complimentary hummus and bread served at tas restaurant, London
Tas offers complimentary homous, bread and olives on arrival
   
As I may have mentioned previously, I am on a mission to try
a plethora of cuisines and restaurants to share with you what’s good and not so
good out there.   
So it’s the turn of Turkish, with Tas restaurant in
London.  Now I love Lebanese food, and I
figured that Turkish cuisine was a similar, albeit less flavoursome
version.  And I’m not far off in my
assumption. 
Tas is located in Southwark, not far from the famous Old Vic
theatre.  The restaurant is always busy,
so we were glad to get a seat straight away. 
Another advantage of tas for me is that it is halal, so my options
weren’t restricted to veg or fish. 

Here’s what we had:        

Filo pastry filled with mushrooms, known as Pacanga
PAÇANGA 
Filo pastry filled with mushrooms, kashar cheese and oak smoked beef

Tavuk Guvek, or chicken casserole served at Tas restaurant, London
TAVUK GÜVEÇ
Chicken casserole with mushrooms, onions, tomatoes, ginger and coriander

A plate of Eskili Kofte, or lamb and bulgar wheat patties, served with vegetables
EKŞİLİ KÖFTE
Minced lamb and fine bulgur wheat patties, cooked with chickpeas, baby potatoes, carrots and dried red basil
Tas always treats you to complementary bread, humus and
olives.  Perhaps because I was starving,
I found the humus amazing, with its fresh parsley infusion, a favoured herb in
Turkish cuisine.  The olives were also
juicy and flavoursome (no tinned goods here) and the focaccia bread was freshly
baked.
  
The mezze of beef and mushroom pastry – much like a samosa – with
a tabouleh garnish was delicious.  You could
taste the meat and mushroom in different bites. 
We opted for two different casserole mains after getting
food envy (or inspiration) from the diners next to us.  One was chicken with mushrooms in a tomato
sauce and the other was a cracked wheat and beef mince meatball with chickpeas
and other veg.      
However, unfortunately, I felt that the mains looked much
more flavoursome than they actually tasted. 
I’m not sure if it’s my curry-infused asbestos tongue, but while it
looked very tomato-ey, I didn’t get a strong taste of it in the food.   Now I’m not saying everything has to be
spicy, but Lebanese cuisine has strong pickled salads and lemon-laden meats,
but I couldn’t pick up any distinct flavours from either dish.  As a result, I could only really taste the
meat, though the meatballs were more cracked wheat than beef.  Overall, the mains did taste, dare a say, a
bit bland. 
However, this is typical of Turkish cuisine where the meats are high
quality but the flavours are lighter.  I
just felt that they were slightly too delicate for my liking.
I’ve been to Tas before, however, I opted for shared mezzes,
which I now believe is the way to go.  I
would go again, but I would stick to the starter section and get some of their
yoghurts, dips and salads. 
With a mix of mezzes you get an infusion of flavours, and I
firmly believe that starters are what Turkish cuisine excels at.                    

Tas in a nutshell

Cost – Hot and cold mezzes and salads between £4 – £6.  Vegetarian main dishes are around £8, meat and
grills between £8 – £13.  Complimentary humous,
olives and focaccia bread provided to start.
Halal – yes.  Tas also boasts a very
impressive vegetarian menu. 
Great
if
… you want to try a variety of
flavourful mezzes and if you’re not a fan of strongly flavoured food.          
Not
so great if…
 You like your food spicy or
strongly flavoured.  Also not great if
you’re not a fan of mezzes.     

   
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