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Food & Drink: 4.0
Fora is in a less than pretty part of the city, nestled in the Eastern end of the Square Mile in Houndsditch, however is a good and reliable ‘Turkish’ restaurant with a vibrant atmosphere and friendly staff.
I say ‘Turkish’ because it labels itself as contemporary Mediterranean cuisine – think Lebanese/Turkish. That said, Fora do a good job of producing a decent array of meze from Tabouleh and Kofte, to Fried Calamari and Whitebait with the occasional hint of contemporary, but generally staying very safely within well known Western examples of what meze is expected to be.
There were no surprises on the meze front but the mixed grill and Adana Kebab were expertly done and couldn't be faulted. The Ezme salad that accompanied them was delicious and the perfect addition to the meat and rice, but is certainly not a true rendition of Ezme (not important if it's delicious, but call it something else!)
Fora represents a slightly better alternative to Haz around the corner in Cutler Street, and does exactly as it says on the door. Service is friendly but slow – we waited more than 25 minutes for our starters due to some confusion with another table – so perhaps I just got them on a bad day, as they were very keen to make up for the delay once noted.
A keenly priced wine list that will please the wallet but consequently won't blow away the palate. Easy to recommend Fora for those who like it straight up and honest.
Food & Drink: 5.0
Fantastic authentic Turkish menu. Big, colourful variety and absolutely mouth watering flavours. Brilliant service, fast and efficient. Will definitely be coming back!
Second time I have booked this restaurant for lunch and was not disappointed again.
Excellent selection of authentic dishes cooked to perfection. Nice buzz in the restaurant and the service is very attentive without being in your face.
I had the Adana Kofte and my colleague has the Centik Special (which I had the last time).
Both were very tasty and the meats were succulent and well cooked.
All in all a very nice restaurant and competitively priced so value for money.
Will definitely be back again.
Booked a table at Fora for 3 people for a business lunch at 13:00.
Arrived and were given a friendly greeting.
Excellent authentic Turkish food served by friendly staff.
The atmosphere was very relaxing with the right buzz for lunchtime in the city. Two of us had the Centik Special which was superb.
Tender Lamb, Lamb mince and Chicken very nicely flavoured.
Service was attentive without being in your face.
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