Wednesday, 8 September 2010


Popped into Tas on Borough High Street tonight for what turned out to be a rather massive and tasty Anatolian (aka Turkish meze) dinner at extraordinary value.

We had the Renk menu and for a miserly £10.95 we had:

Tabule - Chopped parsley salad with tomatoes, onions, cracked wheat, olive oil and lemon juice

Humus Kavurma
- Humus topped with diced lamb, pine kernels and paprika
Humus with a meaty addition. I didn't know humus could be made so much better.

Zeytin Yagli Bakla
- Fresh broad beans cooked in olive oil with red & green peppers, coriander, dill, garlic served with yoghurt
Broad beans and lots of them - lovely.

Kisir - Cracked bulgur wheat with crushed walnuts, hazelnuts, tomato sauce, herbs, fresh mint, dill and spring onions
A tomato dish delivering a smack of umami.

Ispanakli yogurt - Spinach with fresh yoghurt served with or without garlic

Zeytin Yagli Patlican
- Aubergine cooked in olive oil with tomatoes, garlic, pepper & chickpeas
Would have been far better if it was warm. I can't cope with "stringy" cold aubergine.

Midye Tava - Fried mussels on skewers with garlic sauce
I didn't realise we were having mussels until I was mid-way through my first skewer. Apparenlty deep frying really can improve anything.

Borek - Filo pastry filled with feta cheese and spinach
Unfortunately we only got one of the little parcel which we packed with creamy feta. I could happily have eaten a plateful.

- Ground chickpeas and broad beans tossed in spices, deep fried and served with humus

- Fried marinated squid lightly battered served with walnut sauce
Not as bad as the aubergine, but three squid rings each was maybe three more than we wanted.

Just to make sure we wouldn't go hungry we also ordered Pastirmali yumurta - Fried egg with oak smoked cured beef and tomatoes. What an addition though. Really tasty beef salami mixed into scrambled eggs.

The place was buzzing from the moment we walked to when we left two and a half hours later at 9pm and it's obvious why. Lots of fresh food giving your tastebuds an extensive workout. With only a couple of exceptions, everything was delicious with a great blend of herbs and spices. All at phenomenal value.

This is the kind of small chain (there are 9 outlets currently) that I actually enjoy going to. Each outlet has its own identity but you can be sure that you'll get the same high level of food and service. I'd not hesitate in going back, if only for the lamb humus and a great hunk of bread.

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