On a recent sunny day we headed to the EV Restaurant, Delicatessen and Bar which is part of the Tas group of restaurants, by The Arches which used to be railway arches in Southwark for a spot of some Turkish lunch.
The outside of the restaurant is very green, lots of plant pots which hide all the bars and restaurants on this strip, but it looks lovely.
On entering EV it’s a large restaurant with seating indoors and out, we opted for seats outside. Lovely big chandeliers, framed pictures on the walls, wooden tables and chairs give it that elegant look.
The menu has a lot of variety, from soups, cold and hot mezes, fish, pasta salads and more. There is also set menu options which start from £9.15pp. We opted for the EV Meze vegetarian set menu which is a selection of hot and cold mezes served with homemade bread.
The cold mezes included the following: ‘Humus’: chickpeas with tahini, garlic and lemon. ‘Kisir’ a bulgur wheat dish mixed in a tomato sauce with crushed hazelnuts and walnuts and herbs. ‘Zeytinyagli Patlican’ an aubergine dish with tomatoes, garlic, chickpeas and peppers. ‘Fasulye Piyazi’ a salad of white beans, red onions with parsley and sumac. ‘Yogurtlu Ispanak (Manca)’ which is a yogurt with fresh spinach and garlic. ‘Maydanoz Salatasi’ another salad option with tomatoes, cracked wheat, onions and parsley.
The hot mezes were: ‘Ispanakli Borek’ a feta cheese and spinach filled filo pasty and ‘Falafel’ deep-fried balls made from chickpeas, and ‘Kizarmis Hellim’ grilled Cypriot cheese with salad all served with a basket of turkish bread.
With Meze you’re never that sure if your stomach would be satisfied, but boy were we. We were amazed with how tasty every single dish was, the flavours of all dishes were different and had their own unique taste. I loved the Kisir dish with the crushed nuts which complimented the bulgur wheat well. The filo pastry was delish but only one per-person which was a shame. Either way EV has deeliciously’s stamp of approval, the food and service was great, and I know that I will definitely be going again to try the non-vegetarian options next time.