If you’re looking for good quality, cheap food in Covent Garden, you could do a lot worse than Sofra. To protect the anonymity of the blog, I’ve recently asked my friends to come up with their own pseudonyms - and so it came to pass that Pixie, Gunther, Lady B and several other people who’s new names I fail to recollect, went along last Friday for some yummy Turkish food and lots and lots of wine.
We were around 14 people, and they managed to accomodate our large party in a strange community-hall type room above the main restaurant. We ate the set menu – with a huge amount of mezze-style starters and mains, and mucho wine, plus assorted cheese and crumble puds (not sure what the Turkish connection to apple crumble is but hey..). All this for £35 a head and it’s great value – and a lot better quality food than mostly cheap eats in the area.
Taking a photo of my half-eaten main seemed like a good idea at the time…
The food isn’t remarkable but is very very good and as nice as I tasted last summer in Turkey – delicious hummous, tabbouleh, baby broadbeans, stuffed pastries, aubergine ratatouille, lamb fillet with hummous; with succulent lamb koftas and shish kebabs for main.
Above all, they let us natter away happily with great but unobtrusive service until the wee hours – for me the sign of a great restaurant to go to when the conversation and company is as important as the food. With the announcement that Rosa’s Thai is opening in Soho soon, I’m glad that I’ve found at least two decent cheap eateries in central London.