Tas Turkish restaurant, London, review
a plethora of cuisines and restaurants to share with you what’s good and not so
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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
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:
Minced lamb and fine bulgur wheat patties, cooked with chickpeas, baby potatoes, carrots and dried red basil
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
a tabouleh garnish was delicious. You could
taste the meat and mushroom in different bites.
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.
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
quality but the flavours are lighter. I
just felt that they were slightly too delicate for my liking.
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.
firmly believe that starters are what Turkish cuisine excels at.
Tas in a nutshell
grills between £8 – £13. Complimentary humous,
olives and focaccia bread provided to start.
impressive vegetarian menu.
if… you want to try a variety of
flavourful mezzes and if you’re not a fan of strongly flavoured food.
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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