I lived in Istanbul for 6 months back in 2014 and loved my time there. Since then I have been looking for a good Turkish restaurant in London. I think I just found what I was looking for…
I recently had a visit to a restaurant called Tarshish. It offers a spacious bright roof top dining room with a nice view.
Tarshish was a great city on the western shores of the Mediterranean Sea in biblical times. King Solomon sent his ships between Tarshish in the west and the Middle East to exchange jewels, spices, even exotic animals like peacocks, creating a fusion of cultures and culinary delights.
The food at Tarshish is inspired by Levant and mediterranean region. Upon our arrival, we were welcomed by the nice and friendly waiters and started our meal with my favourite Turkish beer: Efes!
I found it extremely hard to choose starters as they all looked exciting. I finally decided to choose Borek, Imam Bayildi and Babaganoush. They were all made to perfection.
I really loved Borek. It was very light and made like a samosa which makes it very easy to eat. Melted feta in middle took it to another level.
Babaganush is usually my favourite starter and this time I also got a brilliant one.
Imam Bayildi was very tasty and the aubergine was beautifully cooked.
Again, I faced with lots of options I can’t say no to. At the end, we went for Lamb chops and Iskender Kebab and They both looked and tasted just AMAZING!
The lamb chops were very tender and very well cooked.
The Iskender kebab was a twist on the original recipe with Lamb kofte, Chicken shish and Lamb Shish. To be frank, I found it better than the original Iskender kebabs that I had in Istanbul.
A Visit to a Turkish place will not be completed without Baklava. This time not only Baklava, but also Warm Baklava with icecream! Heaven!