The place is really smart and the welcome is just as friendly as at the previous place. I was seated in a window seat during a busy evening service.The menu is extensive and it took me a good while to weave my way through it. I eventually hit upon two main courses that I wanted: manti (a stuffed pasta not a million miles away from ravioli); and iskender (doner meat served in tomato sauce with yoghurt and bread), so I asked if I could have a small portion of manti as a starter. They were more than happy to comply with this request.
First to arrive was traditional fresh bread served with ezme, a tomato and pepper paste. It was completely glorious, with beautifully fresh zing to the dip.The manti promptly followed and was rather tasty, too. I enjoyed the iskender too, with the meat packed with flavour. I was very happy with both courses.
So overall, Zara’s maintains the standard previously on offer at the Turkish Kitchen and delivers it in a revamped and refreshed setting. I’d be happy to recommend you pay it a visit next time you’re looking for a taste of Turkey.
Blythe scores Zara’s
4/5 for food
3.5/5 for presentation
3.5/5 for service
4/5 for setting
giving an overall 15/20
I ate: ezme and pide, manti, iskender
I drank: Efes, water, Turkish coffee
I wore: brown suit
Total bill: £26.50