Over the last 12 months, Turkish cuisine has been given a sophisticated makeover and Yosma is no different, with a stylish interior made up of timber cabinetry, pink marble, and weathered subway tiles around an open kitchen. We arrived excited to try authentic Turkish cuisine, and here’s what we found:

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Our verdict

The menu is inspired by Anatolian cuisine and is split into cold mezes, hot starters, and Turkish grilled meats from the on-site mangal clay oven. We were dining as a large group, which meant we got to taste a broad range of the dishes on the menu. We started our meal with a selection of hot and cold meze, including:

  • Borek – Spinach, feta, pine nut, mint
  • Bulgur Pilav – Cracked bulgar wheat in a rich tomato sauce
  • Hellim – Pan fried hellim, smokey mushrooms, garlic, lemon, olives
  • Pancar – Pit roasted golden beetroot, garlic oil, dill
  • Babaganuş – Coal roasted aubergine pulp, lemon, garlic, oregano

We especially loved the smoky flavours of the Hellim dish and and the Borek was small, but delicious with a beautiful crunchy casing. Later came a variety of larger dishes:

  • Levrek Marine – Marinated sea bass, grapefruit, fennel, lime, green chilli, basil.
  • Mantı – Turkish dumplings stuffed with lamb neck, yogurt sauce, chilli oil, mint.
  • Tavuk – Chicken breast, charred corn, green pepper, tahini sauce
  • Kuzu Kaburga – Lamb breast, squash, hazelnut, lemon yogurt, chilli ezme.
  • Patties Kızartması – Fried potatoes, garlic, mint
  • Fırık Salata – Freekeh salad, spring onion, dill, pomegranate, blueberries

Our waiter kindly recommended we order the Manti – which was deliciously rich and unlike anything we’ve tried before. The Kuzu Kaburga worked really well with the garlic and mint from the Patties Kizartmasi.

To conclude, we thought the food was delicious, the space was well designed, the waiting staff were attentive (but not enough to annoy you). In fact we can’t think of a single thing that was negative.

Yosma | 50 Baker Street, London, W1U 7BT | 12pm – 11pm

 

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