Sofra, 36 Tavistock Street, Covent Garden, WC2E 7PB

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.

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3 responses to “Sofra, 36 Tavistock Street, Covent Garden, WC2E 7PB

  1. It sounds like a fun evening, I had completely forgotten about Sofra, and it is nice to know that they are still in Covent Garden. In fact I find it difficult to find good value and quality restaurants in Central London – Byron is good and so is Terroirs, they are both good value for money.

    For Turkish I tend to go to Green Lanes, there are some incredible places there and it is dead cheap.

    Have you tried Vrisaki? It is not Turkish, it is Greek Cypriot and it is in Bounds Green near Wood Green. This place is a bit of an institution in North London, their mezze is £18 per person, they serve a selection of about 20 cold mezze, and then about 10 hot mezze, and then fish dishes and then meat dishes accompanied with salad and rice! I went a few times before I started blogging, it is behind a kebab shop and if you don’t know where it is you would never imagine that the restaurant is there!

    • Wow Vrisaki sounds great! And yes Terroirs is next on my list – hopefully going on Weds which I can’t wait for, menu looks great! Agree with you that lots of cheap but crappy restos in central London, its great finding a good one.

      I’d really recommend you check out Rosa’s in Soho too – opening night is Thursday 11th – if you look at my post on it you can find details of who to contact for an invite.

      Sasha @ The Happiness Project London

    • Les Terroirs booked for tomorrow night – thanks Luiz! x

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