Sorry, but your web browser is too old to display this page properly.
Please update it to the latest version or switch to a more modern browser,
Google Chrome or
Internet Explorer 11 (they're all free).
Darting between Turkish and Greek cuisines, this Soho grill isn’t quite sure where its culinary expertise lies. Nevertheless, Hovarda (‘vagabond’ in Turkish) is an enchanting spot, its glamorous dining room decked out in aquatic blue and gold tones, its waiters dressed in crisp white shirts. Small plates may be commonplace in London nowadays, but the concept is welcome here thanks to such accomplished cooking. Rings of battered squid dipped in a sharp squid-ink sauce made a promising start to our impressive meal. Strips of coal-roasted red pepper were enlivened by hints of mint and lime; hollowed-out red mullet arrived uber-fresh and mixed with juicy chunks of tomato and avocado; and crispy rolls of filo pastry contrasted well with their delicate crab meat filling (although the tart lemon sauce that accompanied them wasn’t needed).
Dish of the night was an intensely smoky, delectably tender ox cheek paired with thick baba ganoush. We’d recommend not skipping dessert either – our pick being the miniature balls of fried pastry (lokma) that arrive drizzled with sweet-as-can-be thyme honey, a sprinkling of walnuts and a scoop of cinnamon ice cream. On your way out, stop by the stand-alone cocktail bar that turns out plenty of diverting concoctions, including the signature Hovarda cocktail where yoghurt and coffee are blended to create a creamy mix that is more subtle than you might expect. Service is perhaps slightly too attentive and prices can add up, but overall Hovarda is a welcome addition to Rupert Street’s already impressive gastronomic line-up.
Try 200+ wines and food from top restaurants.
The foodie event of the year is back! Hundreds of wines and spirits to taste, alongside food from some of London’s most exciting restaurants.
Limited tickets remaining. Join us on Wednesday 7 November at 6pm.
Click here for tickets
Best in Soho
SquareMeal 2 Stars
Best Middle Eastern
SquareMeal's Hottest New Openings
Piccadilly Circus Tube Station 158m
Leicester Square Tube Station 223m
Gielgud Theatre 67m
Apollo Theatre 72m
Rate & Review
Book without an offer
If you would like to book an offer, make your choice below.
Sorry there are no offers available at this restaurant, at this time. Please click Continue without offer to continue with this booking or select another time.
Book selected offer
First Name is required
Last Name is required
E-mail is required
Wrong e-mail format
E-mail confirmation is required
Wrong e-mail format
The e-mail addresses don't match.
Phone is required
I am booking on behalf of someone else
Diner First Name
Diner Last Name
Diner Phone number
Please wait while we confirm your booking ...
By clicking 'CONFIRM' you agree to the SquareMealUser Agreement.
This reservation is processed by OpenTable. By clicking 'Confirm' you agree to their
Back to Offers
Confirm The Booking
SquareMeal Rewards points collected:
You will receive an email from SquareMeal shortly. Please add the booking to your calendar here:
Register with SquareMeal