Hovarda
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Yo-yoing 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. “We really felt the Aegean vibe”, noted one fan.

Proceedings begin with the ubiquitous small plates, but the results are accomplished and impressive. Rings of battered squid are dipped in a sharp squid-ink sauce; strips of coal-roasted red pepper are enlivened by hints of mint and lime zest; raw red mullet arrives über-fresh with juicy chunks of tomato and avocado; crispy rolls of filo pastry contrast well with their delicate crab meat filling (although we thought its accompanying lemon sauce was superfluous).

More substantial mains might bring wood-roasted baby chicken with corn and spelt or Josper-grilled octopus with roasted pepper sauce, but our dish of the night was an intensely smoky, delectably tender ox cheek paired with thick baba ganoush. We’d also recommend staying put for dessert – 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 for one of its diverting concoctions – perhaps a Meraki Mule, a Turkish Martini or a signature Hovarda (raki, Belvedere vodka, cardamom, Greek yoghurt, brown sugar and espresso). Service veers towards over-attentive and prices can add up, but overall Hovarda is a welcome addition to Rupert Street’s already impressive gastronomic scene.

Good to know

Average Price
££££ - £30 - £49
Cuisines
Greek

Special offers from Hovarda

Pre Theatre menu 2 courses £19.50, 3 courses £23.50

From: 2 December, 2019
To: 2 June, 2020
Max: 6
2/3 courses £19.50/£23.50.
Availability: Daily 5:00PM-7:00PM

Guest Chef BASTA! at Hovarda: From £7

From: 2 December, 2019
To: 31 December, 2019
Max: 10
Hovarda is welcoming Istanbul’s BASTA! Street Food Bar redefining Turkish Street Food dishes such as classic dürüm ( wrap ) with new flavours and techniques garnered through their training for a one-month lunch menu takeover. Basta! at Hovarda Menu Orange & Lentil Soup 7 Humus 7 Salad of the day 9 Beef Wrap 13 Lamb burger 15 Fish Wrap 14 Basta! Rice Pudding 7 Please note that no a la carte menu is available during this period.
Availability: Mon-Fri 12:00PM-3:00PM

Brunch Set Menu: 2/3 courses £24.50/£29.50

From: 2 December, 2019
To: 2 June, 2020
Max: 20
From a set menu.
Availability: Sun 12:00PM-3:45PM,Sat 12:00PM-3:45PM

Location for Hovarda

Rupert Street, London, W1D 6DW

020 3019 3460

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Opening Times

Mon-Sun 12N-12M

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