02 September 2016
Yosma's menu gave both hot and cold mezze, the mangal dishes and dishes from the clay oven. Dishes were recommended for sharing and served as and when they were ready. Prices for mezze dishes were around £6.00, mains starting at £11.00 and desserts were also priced around £6.00. At first glance, the prices seem reasonable. The dishes are suitable for sharing.
babaganoush (coal roasted aubergine pulp, lemon, garlic, oregano) £5.00 – a nice rustic style with chunks of aubergine. I much prefer the chunky texture to the super smooth type. The babaganoush carries a very nice flavour from the coal and I felt that it could do with a little more of the punchy flavours from the garlic. The complimentary bread tasted a stale (chewy and dry). Not free flow so be prudent.
levrek marine (marinated sea bass, grapefruit, fennel, lime, green chilli, basil) £6.00 – the Turkish way of ceviche with thinly and almost transparent sliced sea bass was very good. Flavours were predominantly tangy with the lime sprinkled with pieces of grapefruit, fennel, chilli and basil. Well balanced and pleasant in this summer's heat!
manti (turkish dumplings stuffed with lamb neck, yoghurt sauce, chilli and mint £6.00 – these petite dumplings covered in yoghurt sauce had a pretty chilli and mint oil drenched on top of them. The pastry was quite thick and doughy (which I secretly like). The filling was not quite enough for even the petite dumpling, and still the meaty lamb taste was slightly overpowering for my dear Malaysian diners but, again I secretly enjoyed it. It was quite average but I enjoyed it.
kalamar tave (chickpea flour fried calamari squid ink tartar, lime, pil biber) £7.00 – the calamari, with its tentacles, was fried until it had the right golden colour, and served with the black tartar it was visually very captivating. It had a good crunch, the tartar sauce was super salty.
ali nazik (lamb rump, oak fried aubergine, yoghurt, burnt tomato) £15.00 – it was my favourite dish of the night. The lamb rump cooked but still pink in the middle paired very nicely with the yoghurt and fried aubergine. The burnt chilli alongside also had a good chilli kick. The dish presented was generous, hearty – definitely my kind of food.
karides (prawn, shaved fennel, dill, za'atar) £14.00
ahtapot (octopus, oregano, black-eyed beans, grated ringa) £11.00 – the dish had a comforting factor. The charred octopus was chewy and beans were undercooked. This dish was quite a let down to the meal.
dana kaburga (short rib beef wrapped in caul, pickled cucumber) £11.00 – this dish looked like it ticked all the foodie expectations - proper chunky meat, falling off the bone, served on the bone - with the exception that it looked slightly dry. Apart from that, the flavours were nice but the cucumber pickle on the side was super salty.
The music was quite loud and although service was friendly, it was a little rushed. Dishes were good but most were way too salty.
The good points at Yosma was portions were generous – and I love the dinnerware. For a 50% discount on food, Yosma's soft launch was quite a bargain – if it was just for the lamb alone. Offer is valid until 4th September 2016.