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Joining London’s swelling ranks of stripped-back venues serving quality street food in a small-plate format, this new bar-restaurant brings a Turkish focus to the genre. ‘Yosma’ is Turkish for jade, yet you won’t find much evidence of such colour in this large almost clinically bare open-plan room of white tiles, dark wood and marble counters – although pretty glowing globes overhead soften the look, and an open kitchen adds energy to the mix. The menu of hot and cold meze plus larger grilled and baked dishes reads like a checklist of Turkish classics: lamb-shoulder köfte, moreish fermented freekeh bread, and rather timidly flavoured baba ganoush. Food arrives when it’s ready; order in stages if you prefer to give structure to a meal. Highlights include a cold serving of pit-roasted, sliced golden beetroot slicked with garlic oil; and beef short-rib, clay-baked in the caul for 12 hours (a pleasing juxtaposition of charcoal-tinged crunch and cushion-soft tenderness). There’s also plenty of lip-smacking Turkish tang in the yoghurt-doused lamb-neck dumplings with chilli, and grilled lamb breast with lemon yoghurt. For dessert, don’t miss the künefe: filo pastry dripping with lemon syrup (white cheese hidden within its golden layers). Prices are reasonable considering portion size and quality, although the bill rises rapidly thanks to the small-plate system. Charming, speedy service adds to the draw, as does a handsome bar with ample stocks of Turkish wine, raki and a short, assured cocktail list. In all, a new culinary high spot for Baker Street. 


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    Vi Vian :: Vi Vian

    Yosma, Baker Street – I jumped at the chance of dining in Yosma, a new Turkish restaurant in Baker Street, because I’ve thoroughly enjoyed Middle Eastern flavours at Black Axe Mangal and Oklava. Both these restaurants are similar in that dishes are suitable for sharing, but differ in the style of presentation. Another similarity that they both have very impressive looking ovens which capture and command the attention of a keen cook, I am sure, as one walks in. I know it is crazy, but if I could have an oven like that at home, I imagine all the amazing food I could make. I didn’t quite notice such a standout oven at...
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  • Address: 50 Baker Street, London W1U 7BT
  • Telephone: 020 3019 6282
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  • Opening Times: Mon-Sun 12N-11pm (Sat-Sun 10am- Thurs-Sat -12M)

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