Tas has a few branches (restaurants & cafes) throughout London but the one I like the best is on Borough High Street in Southwark, right near the London Bridge. It might seem funny to go to a Turkish restaurant in London when I just came from Vienna and all its Turkish establishments, but my London friends wanted Mediterranean food tonight .... and we wanted to hit a couple of the cool pubs (some might say - hipster locales) in Southwark afterwards so I suggested Tas. Now I know Tas emphasizes the Anatolian cuisine of the central plateau of Turkey as opposed to the Mediterranean coastal foods but I didn't think anyone would mind and they didn't. Everybody liked it a lot. Tas has two levels so it usually has space for walk-in dining even though it can get quite crowded. We wound up downstairs. All the space is attractively decorated - (this is not a small Turkish take-away place!)
The Meze here are excellent and you really can't go wrong. I especially love the Pacanga - kinda like pastry dough stuffed with meats and cheese. The soups are also excellent .... especially the Deniz Aşı .... perfect for a cool evening outside. For the main course, I had the Kavurma and it is indeed a tasty and filling casserole. And while you're there try out some Turkish Anatolian red wine. It's not Bordeaux but it wasn't bad and it went well with the food. There are other branches of Tas in London but if you're heading out for an evening in Southwark (theatre, pubs, whatever), this is a very good place for a meal.
This is a sister restaurant of Havez in Canary Wharf. I came here with a friend for a drink and to share some meze dishes for our dinner. It is a reliable family of restaurants and you can be comfortable that the food is of a good standard.
We chose a haphazard selection of dishes: prawn skewers in garlic sauce, mushrooms, falafel, lamb meatballs and squid. We had unlimited Turkish bread too, the type which is springy to touch and so easy to eat a lot of. It is perfect for mopping up the leftovers. My favourites were the lamb meatballs and the squid.
The table was a bit too small for us. Once all of the food had arrived, we had to carefully make room for everything and I was mindful not to knock over my drink by accident.
The restaurant is huge. When we walked in, I commented on the size of the floor area, and I hadn't even realised that there was a downstairs area too. There were a lot of empty tables at the time we went, so it lessened the atmosphere, but it also meant that we got our dishes quite quickly.
I went there for a quick lunch and was attracted by their £6.95 offer for lunch which includes starter, main and a dessert (a typical filo pastry with syrup and pistachio). I had a red lentil soup which was fairly good, but lacked a twist, quite bland - it was the first time I had it, so maybe i'm just not a fan of red lentils! For the main I had squid - and honestly this was the best squid I had in years - the batter was thin and tender - I suspect egg-based, and squid was cooked just right - not too chewy. Complimentary houmus, olives and bread were all delicious.
I haven't had a dessert, but had a coffee instead, which was a dissappointment - instant coffee which they decided to serve with a starter, but at least they agreed to swap dessert for a coffee!
I couldn't decide between 3 or 4 starts, I give it a 3, since music was a bit out-of-place, some rock back singing, I assumed, in Turkish. A more subtle Turkish melody would be more appropriate, as the decor was tasteful with good lighting and pleasant atmosphere.
All in all, a nice experience. I will come back next time I can afford a long lunch!
"I'm bringing you to my favorite restaurant," said the boy I was on a date with as he held my hand and led me around the streets near Borough Market "it's a surprise."
... and then we ended up at Tas, where one of my best friends had brought me merely two weeks before.
It was a happy coincidence and proof, to me at least, that my date had good taste in food. Tas has a good selection, a friendly ambiance, and very tasty dishes. My first time there, I had the Elma Domassi, an interesting dish with rice, cream, and raisins baked into green apples. The concept and presentation were both amazing, but the execution was slightly off. However, on my second visit I had the Kofte, which was perfectly seasoned and served with yummy, fluffy couscous. I also got to stay for dessert, which is amazing. I highly recommend the homemde cinnamon ice cream and the Kayisi Tatlisi, apricots with cream, almond, and pistachio.
The only thing I would advise against is the Renk Set Menu -- I hosted a birthday party for about 20 people here on the set menu, but it seemed less than satisfactory. The variety of dishes provided wasn't great, and the portions were pretty small.
All in all, perhaps it's just happy memories of fun birthday parties and lovely dates, but I'd give Tas the definite thumbs up.
The cafe is decently priced for a decent turkish meze/wraps. Yummy for pre-tate modern going. I always go there and have not even entered the london bridge posh restaurant branch.
I personally adore the olive bread... it sort of folds into your mouth and is not at all too salty. The olives just bring a zing to the warming bread which is so delish its more of a pastry.
The fresh orange juice cup sizes are also very generous, worth having on a low vitamin day.
I've always gone on weekends where it's all nice and relaxed, not full of office workers I guess
Not impressed. The meat was a little overcooked and the overall feel was of a way too salty food for my taste. Maybe that's the Turkish way of cooking but it's not for me.
I went to the deli during lunch time so it was a bit chaotic. But my friend I still managed to score a table. We ordered at the counter and I took the easy way out and chose a chicken wrap. I say the easy way because there were so many great looking choices and I really had no time to stand and think. But the wrap was awesome: full of hummus, chicken, and grilled veggies.
Next time I might try to beat the lunch crowd so I can take my time and try to pick out some of the other foods they had to offer.
We were looking for somewhere to have dinner in the London Bridge/Borough area and we were quite surprised by how little choice there actually was, especially considering how close this area is to Borough market.
This place was a real find though. Serving Anatolian Turkish food - hummous, tabule, kebabs etc.
The food is very good and everything is served with delicious home-baked bread.
They have pretty good value set menus. We opted for the Sahan menu which was £8.95 each for two courses with decent choice.
They add on a 12.5% service charge onto the bill, so don't be surprised if it costs more than you expect.
Very comfortable surroundings, excellent service. Definitely recommended.
I remember when this place first opened up - now that's going back a good 7 years at least. Back then they served good quality food at reasonable (for London!) prices and they still do it, all these years on.
Very plain and simple in decor, so therefore quite stylish, there is plenty of room for diners (even 'tho spaces between tables are quite limited so if you are looking for a romantic dinner, DO specify this at the time of booking - they will probably pop you at the front of the restaurant). They also have another floor which is opened up for private parties.
The toilets are really lovely, 'tho confusing if you've had too much wine for dinner (as if!). Be careful going downstairs, they have very nice wide stairs which can be disconcerting for those in heels and a little bit worse for wear. Super-clean toilets are always a good sign, but quite rare - which is why I mention it here!
Back to the real stuff - the FOOD. Well Tas is actually named after a special Anatolian cooking pot, for a one-pot meal type-of-thing. I can't say that they excel with either the kebabs or guvecs (stews) because every single dish I've ever eaten or tasted here has always been exquisite. You also get to see them cook your meal, as the kitchen is open-plan - typically Turkish. Starters and desserts are also equally superb, I love the pistachio ice-cream. Amongst others!
Some nights you also find yourself deafened by live music (guitar or piano, mostly) if you sit in the left-hand side of the restaurant.
Drinks - well, your average wide range to choose from. Wine and food are definitely about average, between £8 - £12 for a main course, £16 - £20 for a bottle of wine.
Staff - always pleasant, but they weren't an overtly happy bunch last time we went to dine there. Well worth a meal, if you haven't been there before and are looking for somewhere near London Bridge to grab a nice dinner after work.
We were refereed here when we could not get a table at the original location. The food is pretty much the same, excellent and delicious.
The wine list is extensive and the prices rather reasonable.
This location is a bit smaller and it is not as impressive as the other one, but definitely worth a visit.
The added cafe is cute. Snacks and sweets (baklava) to take away or have their with coffee. Salads and humous that makes your heart glow.
I can only recommend it!
The experience was not the best and the food is so so. Nice atmosphere but the service is not great. Perhaps it's a communication issue but here's our experience.
We got seated right away (which is great), and then ordered our drinks. For main entree, my fiance ordered steak and indicated that we wanted salad instead of fries. I ordered 2 appetizers as the main entree as I wanted them to come out at the same time.
Here are their mistakes:
1. They provided one of my entree as appetizers instead of coming out together
2. They didn't ask how to cook the steak and so it was overcooked and fries were provided instead of salad
3. They took away our hummus when we didn't finish our meal yet and left the bread there
4. They never came by to top off our water
5. They had a strange look when we ask to have separate checks.
So overall experience is that this is just an OK restaurant. Probably wouldn't go back there.
Coming from a Midwestern city of 3.5 million with no notable Turkish restaurants, i was overjoyed to find TAS in London. After trying an assortment of mediocre Indian. pretentious Japanese, and disappointing Thai restaurants, TAS worked for us before a show at Old Vic. It starts with really fresh bread, olives, and hummus. We bought a 16 pound fixed meal that included wine and were not disppointed at all. In fact, it ended up being the perfect meal for the occasion -- some calmari, some sausage and salad, lamb grilled. The place was packed at 1:00 and I suspect that it was not due to the pricing. It was due to great service and an excellent selection of menu options. I am no expert on Turkish cuisine, but i know what i like and TAS was very easy for me to like. I would love to see them spread to Minnesota.
Pretty good Morrocan/turkish food - couscous etc. A perfectly good choice. Can be a bit noisy though.
This place is a chain, as is evidenced by the name of the restaurant on the dishes. It is a nice atmosphere--very light interior and a bit more upscale than your usual Turkish joint. The food is standard Turkish fare--you get your bread, olives, and hummus. They have a lunch offer--selection of an appetizer and a main for £8.95. I had a salad with feta and lamb shish with couscous. It was good, just nothing spectacular. A good place to jump into if you are looking to sit down around Borough and the other places are packed....
One of the many variations of the TAS restaurants in London with great atmosphere. The food is consistently good and the servers are quite attentive. Upon arrival you're given some fantastic bread and a yogurt base with olive oil dipping sauce. I personally could fill up on just the bread. Their house wine isn't too bad if you're looking to save a few quid. This is my third TAS location experience and it was quite good.
Good food, and nice portions. Decor is a bit on the cheap side...
Enjoyed my mixed grill so much on my first visit I returned a couple of weeks later and found the meat less exciting and the service a tad surly. I'll probably go back once more - best of three, right?
I'd heard good things about Tas, but to be honest I was very disappointed with my meal. The restaurant itself was very noisy - I suppose to be expected on a Saturday night but I think the acoustics are bad. I should also add I was there with a large party so I understand that makes things harder, but the staff were stressed out and not particularly friendly. The bread and dips we had on the table before we started out meal were lovely, but my starter and main were bland and my tuna steak had a metallic taste. It also came with the wrong side dish.
For somewhere thats not that cheap, I wouldn't go again which is a shame as the menu sounded good.
This was my third visit to Taz. The first time was great, the second was awful. This time I am really not impressed with this place. Although I had a good night in the end I think that was down to the people I was with rather than the restaurant. When bringing our drinks to the table they spilt a glass of Red Wine down my friends coat. Then they forgot to bring the replacement drinks and had to be reminded twice. We were offered no discount and no sorry. The food is OK, I am not convinced its worth the price in fact I am sure its not worth the price! My main was not brought out hot and all the mains were not brought out together. The staff did all get together to sing my friend Happy Birthday but this is no conciliation for the rest of the night. I will not be going back if I can help it.
Fantastic turkish cuisine which is freshly prepared and delicious. We came here without high expectations and came away with a happy, satisfied feeling that we'd found a real gem. Their special menus (we had the 'Renk' version - £10.45 pp) are suprisingly good value - well sized portions and a mouth-watering array of dishes. If you get a table on the top floor you can even enjoy live music. Definitely recommended.
really nice and relaxed environment. very pleasantly surprised. and the waiting staff were very customer friendly.
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