Until recently I was unaware of this place despite working just around the corner but an evening stroll opened this little secret with a friend who wanted to try Turkish food ‘around’.
The entrance and the sitting hall are pretty standard and reminded me of the romanticised idea of restaurants in Middle East; massive and elegant with lots of glass and staff in crisp uniform.
We approached the server and were immediately seated and provided with menus which had quite a lot of options but the food was mainly based on the Anatolian cuisine which isn’t very spicy but there were other options as well.
I was quite excited to see Icli kofte, something I had tried in Istanbul from the famous Sabrtasi Restaurant and ordered those along with Kuzu Tandir which is oven roasted lamb with peppers and is not spicy normally.
The bread arrived first with my favourite dill and cucumber yogurt and some olives. I went through the stuff pretty fast; the olives were awesome and the bread and yogurt soft and yummy. The food arrived shortly and we started eating.
The kofte were nice, smaller in size than the one’s I have had in Istanbul but the taste was good, it is made of wheat and mince and fried. The salad and lemon made the taste even better. Kuzu Tandir was soft and juicy and was very well made but it was a bit too bland with me.
Hazev was a good experience for a dull evening and it was amazing to see a place serving Anatolian cuisine so close to home.