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Hidden within the railway arches just minutes from Southwark tube, this Turkish eatery is a veritable cave of treasures and mosaics. Part of the Tas group, it’s one of the better branches if you
want to indulge in mezze and grills; heaped platefuls keep diners satisfied, as do the all-smiling waiters. Bread, olives and dips arrive unbidden, and a sizeable contingent of veggie-friendly
options is a plus, with patlican dolmasi (sun-dried aubergines stuffed with couscous and served with yoghurt) coming highly recommended. Desserts also strike an authentic note – try sütlaç (a
rosewater-scented rice pudding); if you can’t manage afters, you can always buy some baklava from the adjoining shop for nibbling later. Turkish house wines are good value, and the flower-filled
terrace is gorgeous in fair weather.
The greatest challenge in London is not so much finding good food, but finding a place where you can eat out on a budget. On an actual budget, not on some obscure concept of what that could mean because you feel bourgouise. Ev fits right in – and even has a rather quirky, relaxed environment that is rather pleasant to be in.What do I mean about “obscure …”? Short rant moment: I have seen countless food bloggers who consider eating on a budget, or a cheap restaurant, at sometimes a bill of 20& per head, which is completely ridiculous. Most blogs, even then, consider under 10& to be the Holy Grail of accessible...
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