I cannot say enough about this place.
First of all, walking into the restaurant is like stepping into your Grandmothers kitchen, comforting and warm. A great atmosphere for friends catching up or an informal date
As for the food, order everything you can. The selection is incredible and the quality of the food itself is mouthwatering. I went with both veggies and meat eaters and everyone left happy and feeling like we were rolling down the street.
I would happily order food, wine and sit here for a full 5 hours and enjoy my surroundings.
I guess Jamie W. and I landed on yet another chain in London. So much for being penny-pinching food snobs when we travel, but we ended up at Tas Pide because there was a dearth of lunchtime dining options around the Tate Modern, and Turkish food sounded pretty good since we were eating a lot of Italian during our London stopover. The decor did remind me a bit of Istanbul by way of HGTV with lots of rustic wood beams, cane-backed chairs and things you would have bargained to pilfer at the Grand Bazaar (photo: bit.ly/1imHxV7). At 2PM, the place was near-empty except for a group of young Eastern European women in heavy make-up and nearly-invisible shorts.
I'm not presuming what they did for a living, but they did seem to text a lot. Ahem. Anyway, things looked bright right away as the young waiter brought us a basket of warm Turkish bread, a ramekin of hummus and another ramekin of marinated olives (photo: bit.ly/Rvlbta). They were still offering their £ 9.45 three-course lunch menu, so we took advantage (photo: bit.ly/1oCNyBY). I started with the Humus Kavurma which featured diced lamb, pine kernels and paprika (photo: bit.ly/1imHnwP). It was a bit oily but good, just what we wanted at that time of day. I just wish they provided pita wedges so we could scoop up more of it. Since I had not eaten a Turkish pizza in such a long time, I tried the Kiymali Pide, which was apparently one of their house specials.
Quite doughy, it was shaped in the traditional eyelid shape with minced lamb (are you sensing a pattern here?), fresh tomatoes, onion, parsley, red pepper and a scrambled egg stuffed inside (photo: bit.ly/1imHoRw). While it sounded tasty, it was rather dry for all the effort, so i used the pickled red cabbage to lubricate it as much as I could. I guess I was expecting more of a kick given the plethora of ingredients. The meal ended with their only dessert option, the Kaymakli Kayisi, sauteed apricots in a house-made cream with chopped almonds and pistachios (photo: bit.ly/1jUHVOO). It was a bland little concoction hardly worth calling a course, but at least it gave us something sweet before our short walk back to our hotel. What we really needed was some Turkish delight.
FOOD - 3 stars...pretty good Turkish fare though some shortcomings were evident
AMBIANCE - 4 stars...the decor felt right even if the chairs were a bit uncomfortable
SERVICE - 3.5 stars...very quiet and attentive even with the lure of Eastern European, ummm...entrepreneurs
TOTAL - 3 stars...not quite a Turkish delight but if you need a hummus fix, here it is..
I may have made bad choices but I found my food a bit bland (dolma and a vegetarian pide with aubergine/tomato on it) though not unpleasant. There were some nice olives on the table. The nice waiter talked me into getting chocolate cake which was also nice - like a Sara Lee chocolate gateaux but nicer. All ok/nice.
Minor downsides were that it is a bit of a squeeze - we were a group on a long thin table against the wall in the corner and if someone on the corner side needed to get out, the whole row of us had to completely leave the table! They were also pretty slow with tap water (an essential for me - water is genuinely my favourite drink and I don't see why I should pay for bottles of it when I like tap fine).
This all said, I had a great time - the food was only ok for me, a couple of tiny annoyances - BUT this place has a lovely warm friendly feel, nice lighting/noise level/cosy decor so it was great for the group of us to laugh and chat and feel good and take our time.
Now I love Turkish food - meze, hummus and the whole atmosphere. So when I booked tickets for the Globe I thought to myself, 'right PERFECT chance to try Tas Pide.' Right by the theatre, looked quite busy but I had about 1 hr 15 mins so perfect to grab food before the performance.
Lovely waiters, menu looked AMAZING and I wanted to sit there for about 6 hours and slowly eat all of it.. Before exploding from gluttony of course! But I restrained myself (casual pat on the back there, thank you very much) and ordered small. Nothing worse than feeling too full at a theatre performance, totally takes away from concentration. Now despite me ordering small, I received my food 15 minutes before the performance was due to start. That's about 45 minutes of waiting after I ordered. For not very much, mainly cold food. Super disappointing.
I however will go back; the food was AMAZING. So tasty, shame I had to shovel it into my already big mouth and run.
Wow, excellent food. I went here before seeing a show at the Globe as it is literally across the street. Fluffy bread was served with yogurt dip and marinated olives. I ordered the Sahan set meal for 9.45, which was well worth it - a feta salad and a pide, which is kind of like a Turkish pizza, I guess. You can also get a more calzone-like version.
The feta salad: I was not expecting much, but it was actually rather incredible. A dressing of balsamic glaze and lemon with mint and dill made it outstanding.
The pide: minced lamb and red pepper, perfectly spiced, in a baked? fried? crusty thing. It really hit the spot.
My friend had some delicious dolma and a different pide, with lamb and cheese. There are a number of vegetarian options, but gluten-free might be a problem.
The desserts looked delicious but we were too full from the pide!
I'm deducting one point for waiter service. I wondered if we were actually in the Anatolian deserts as I could not get a glass of water for the life of me even when my friend received her drink; finally asked a different waiter and still took him five minutes. Still a great restaurant for food and atmosphere.
Tas is such a find.
We have visited a few branches in London and each meal has been delicious and each welcome has been warm.
This time round we headed to tas pide by the Globe theatre after enjoying a Prosecco or two (or three...) and consequently I was rather overwhelmed by my delicious cheese and leek pide....my own fault!
Our waitress was so upset that I hadnt finished my meal that she brought us a dessert to share plus two mint liqueurs!.
Warm service, lovely house wine and bargain prices. What's not to like?
This is a spot right next to the Shakespeare's Globe. The first time I came here, I had just a quick drink but the next time I came, the hubby and I were ready for a nice meal after a couple drinks at the Oyster Shed.
Service was pretty good compared to what I am used to (still not saying much), but better than expected. This is proper Anatolian Turkish cuisine which is different than other Arab places but still super yummy.
The stars were what we ordered. We started with some homemade turkish bread with olive oil. We ordered a couple drinks: glass of champagne and a beer. Then the mains: Iskender, which was lovely, flavorful and rich. Also the mixed grill, which was a bunch of different meats which were equally delicious. I am so ready to go back!
Took some friends here for lunch on their suggestion and it was a great choice.
In the street down beside the Globe Theatre, this is easily found by public transport.
Being all vegetarian, we shared the haloumi style cheese and a wonderful broad bean and yoghurt starter. Then we had various vego Pides.
There was complimentary bread and olives too.
I recommend it as a stylish great place to eat that won't break the budget.
Not that I do, but if you had a Turkish Grandma this is kind of place she would go... or run. Everything on the menu has some amazing turkish pronunciation that I am POSITIVE that I slaughtered, but by some miracle we actually got what we ordered, and it came really fast too.
when we first got there we were just looking for some light food before the play at the old globe started. We got something that I thought was going to be similar to spanokopita, it was bad for us, but it was so yummy. It was basically fried spanokopita. yummm. The service was nice, but the host was a bit rude, but I am sure that was just because there was a rush of other people going to the Old Globe show too.
A nice Turkish restaurant, it was certainly a pilgrimage though, the Northern Line south to Leicester Square, the 29 bus, 3 stops and then a long, but lovely walk. I had a sort of flat bread with Lamb, Eggs, Tomato, Aubergine and all sorts of summer vegetables. The one downside was that the restaurant was quite loud and dingy inside, not unlike a Turkish prison!
Stumbled across this place as we were leaving the Tate Modern. The specialty here is dish called a Pide which I fondly call a "pizza boat". Basically it's a doughy crust - a little softer, tarter, thinner and less chewy than a pizza dough - shaped like an American football with the edges turned up. On top is a variety of veggie or meat options. On the menu there is probably a dozen variations. There is not a sauce - or at least not a tomato sauce. The cheese is rubbery/chewy (in a good way!) and diced - the pide has been cooked and served warm but this is not the kind of cheese that gets really melty. Toppings vary but I had the one with dried apricots and it was delicious!
Prices seemed very reasonable. Service was okay. The place is CRAMPED. Tables are basically on top of each other. Our table was separated from our neighbors by approximately a centimeter. I felt we should have introduced ourselves!
This place was an unexpected find buy very tasty. I wish I could find a place like this back home.
I really love to go there after Vinopolis. But even sauber, it's great place to get some authentic Turkish food.
Good quality, good value and friendly staff. Though the seating might not be ideal for a romantic date :-)
Tasty Turkish food served in a homely atmosphere, situated near The Globe Theatre on The Southbank.
Try the Calamari, spicy sausage (sucuk) and hummus with lamb (Humus Kuvurma). The Lamb shank was to "die for"
About £25 pp with the House white wine.
I've never heard of pide before, even though I've had some Turkish food. I got the Mantarli Ispanakli, which is one of the vegetarian pides. No, I'm not vegetarian but when there are veggie options available that look to have sufficient flavor, I'm open to trying those over the meat options.
Fortunately, I was right -- the combination of spinach, mushrooms, garlic, and egg (even after asking for the cheese to be held out -- I'm lactose intolerant) packed plenty of deliciousness! I also tried the red lentil soup which was also very good.
The restaurant was quite busy on the Saturday night, which I guess should be expected with it being so close to the Tate Modern and Shakespeare's Globe Theater, so make a reservation if you can.
Prices are cheap for the quality of food you get.
Tas restaurants are a small chain of Turkish restaurants, mostly in South London.
This restaurant, beside the Globe theatre, specializes in Pide, which are described as Turkish pizza. Unlike most London Italian pizza there is not much emphasis on the cheese and tomato base. Instead, they are lighter, spiced and herbed - with a variety of toppings. The set menus are really good value here. There are a couple of mezze, a vegetarian option and another which includes a starter and pide.
The service is attentive and quick. The décor is inspired by traditional Turkish restaurants, with lots of richly woven fabrics.
All the food I have had here has been good. I would particularly recommend the calamari, borek as well as all the pide dishes. Additionally, it is worth leaving room for desert. There are a few that look good, but the one that I usually go for is the sundried apricots stuffed with pistachio and cream. It may sound a little underwhelming but it is delicious and works perfectly with a cup of Turkish coffee as an end to your meal.
Nothing special about pide. It's like wannabe pizza. I had one of the lamb pides. Waitress said it was her favorite...ugh...waitress must not have a very good sense of taste. It was a little bland if you ask me.
I also had the calamari to start. It was good - most calamari is. They didn't serve it with any sauces, though. I'm sure I could have asked, but it was quite a small serving, so I didn't see the need to bother.
Some of the meat and seafood dishes sounded good though, so maybe I should go back and try those.
Oh, and one plus is that they serve complimentary bread and soup that were pretty good. I love anything complimentary. ;)
The place is charming as far as ambiance and decor, but if pide is their specialty, then they're definitely lacking in terms of tastiness.
I have to give this place four stars for food, but only two for service. I won't rhapsodise about the food, others have already done so. Suffice it to say, the food here is faultless. The service, especially front of house, is quite something else.
We went with a group of friends having made a reservation for eight people at 8.30pm on a Saturday evening. We arrived at 8.35pm. The place was heaving and there was a party of four in the queue ahead of us who were given a suspiciously large table set for eight people (which was subsequently broken up to provide two tables for four people).
Front of house staff then disappeared for a further 10 minutes. When we called for attention, a member of the front of house team arrived and was very off-hand. We stated that we had a reservation for 8.30pm and had been waiting a while already. We were told that the table had been given away because we were late by 15 minutes.
Given that we had arrived at 8.35pm but not been acknowledged, and that the table had been given away within our sight at exactly that time - we sensed porky's being told. The member of staff in question was very belligerent, an experience quite outside my usual one when at this Tas branch (or any of the others for that matter).
I can only assume we got them on a bad day. It was disappointing. We walked over to Ev instead (also owned by the Tas group - but no Pide) and had a nice meal there.
It was sad to see an otherwise excellent restaurant, which displays extraordinarily high standards for it's medium price range, be so let down by such poor service.
My favorite place to eat in London. Everytime i visit London I have to make a visit to this fantastic place. The food is excellent esp the Baklava. They have a lot of veggie options but I usually have the Moussaka (Shredded Lamb) or the Tavuklu (chicken)
The ambience of Tas Pide is wonderful and relaxing. After a long day at work, it nice to relax at such a peaceful place. And offcourse once you are done you can go for a lovely stroll on the Thames.
Tas is very popular and I was very happy to visit this extension on the Southbank. We made a reservation to avoid disappointment.
Like the other branches, seating is quite close together, but this restaurant has a different, more rustic feel about it. We had a pide and the food was absolutely delicious. Comparing it to other pide restaurants though, I think prices are a bit high. The wine list is similar at all Tas locations, and wines seem to start at 15 pounds per bottle.
The staff was friendly and helpful.
Great food, just what you'd actually excpect in Berlin or so. The Meze's are amazing (epepcially the veg ones) BUT don't try the wine (arghh)
FOOD: 5+ stars
Wine: 0 stars
All in all, I'd still give it a 4, as we did go for food rather than drinks
This place is a must. Fresh aromatic Turkish food that is super fresh. Nothing here comes out of a frozen bag. The lamb is real and not some Spam-like version. The pides are thin and crisp yet doughy inside. The yogurt, olives, and red cabbage that come with your meal were amazing side dishes. The restaurant is located across from the Shakespeare Globe Theatre; a perfect complement to a night-out watching a play. The mineral water, yogurt drink, and desserts are also Mmm Mmm Mmm good. Sit outside but be warned to smokers! Servers are from Turkey and so English seems to be their second-language.
Great and fresh food, super service, reasonable prices, I recommend it to anyone that wants an introduction to Turkish food and any middle east food lover.
what a shame the previous reviewer had such a bad experience. I have only ever been pleasantly surprised, both by the food and the staff. this is definitely the best in the TAS chain of restaurants, if indeed it is part of the chain the others are rather restrained and minimal while this is beautifully decorated.
Great food. There is little else to say about the food but the staff could have done with being friendlier. After taking payment for the bill the waiter did not say thank you! Also a fairly scary front of house lady who simply stands and watches people eating. But the food is great (did I say that already?)
What a great day in London! Pouring with rain and ran into this place to escape. Delicious food, lovely decor and really fantastic service -- did I mention the delicious food?! I had the pide with artichokes and my companion had spinach and feta, both fantastic. You also get free bread, dip and olives to start and pickled cabbage to go with the pide. We finished our meal with a piece of house made carrot cake and a Turkish coffee. Pide is between 7 and 8.50ish pounds. Yum!
Was a very enjoyable visit and great to find some interesting and great quality cuisine in an otherwise very touristy track. We enjoyed a great selection of starters and a pide for my main. I actually left my bag in this place and the staff were very helpful in setting in aside for me to come back the next day. Good if you are in the area and fancy something a little different!
Good place if you're going to or coming from a performance at the Globe. Staff are unobtrusive and efficient. Food was a bit on the bland side but it's cheap and the puddings are excellent.
I really liked the quirky interior of this restaurant. The atmosphere was good when we went on a Saturday evening. We went a bit later so I think most of the theatre goers had left and it was a little bit quieter than I would have expected but there was a band in the corner which made up for it. There is a wide variety of choice, both vegetarian and meat, which is especially good for me and my boyfriend who are vegetarians. We both went for a pide and found they were a little bland but it was nice to try something different. My parents went for meatier options and both enjoyed their food. The baklava was delicious, and the Turkish coffee pleasantly strong. The main drawback for us was the slow service, and it wasn't even very busy. My dad had to order his beer twice before he received it. They weren't short-staffed as there were a lot of waiters standing around. Overall, a pleasant evening, and good value. I would recommend this place to vegetarians especially just for the wide variety of options that they offer. (Sometimes difficult to find when going for a not-specifically veggie restaurant, with meat-eaters!)
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