Covent Garden is full of overpriced restaurants catering to the once only tourist trade. Sofra, on the other hand, relies on regulars returning for superbly prepared and served authentic Turkish dishes. I returned yesterday after an absence of several months and had the set lunch menu, a meal full of variety and contrasting tastes. The meal starts, as you sit down, with the presentation of a humus, olive and olive oil dip accompanied by super warm Turkish bread. Eight meze dishes follow, with traditional tasty bits and unusual vegetable portions. The main course lamb fell of the bone in juicy, tender chunks onto a bed of well seasoned rice with bits of sweet raisin to contrast the savoury taste of the stew. Despite feeling replete, I treated myself to a trio of homemade ice cream; the Turkish coffee ice cream and the cinnamon were particularly outstanding.
Service was attentive and friendly throughout and, although I spent a considerable length of time relaxing with my book after the meal, I was never rushed nor felt that I was overstaying my welcome. I look forward to my next visit.
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