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I had heard about Sofra Turkish Cafe & Restaurant years ago but never got around to trying it until recently.  I love food that has robust and multi-faceted flavours, and Turkish food, it seems, falls in this category too.  The food is a reflection of it’s geographical location.  The flavours are a blend of Greek and Middle Eastern tastes, and come together nicely in a range of comfort food.

Jon and I shared two platters.  We had the Salad Plate which is a combination of the Sofra salad (a combination of spiced veggies, herbs and walnuts), eggplant salad (fried eggplant with tomatoes, peppers and onions), hummus, and vine leaf rolls (grape vine leaves stuffed with rice, pine nuts, currents and spices).  We had an order of sesame bread to go along with it too.  The hummus is excellent, and went perfectly with the sesame bread.  The different salads were light and refreshing, a good juxtaposition with the heavier hummus, and I especially liked the eggplant salad.  I also liked the vine rolls because of the subtle tasting leaves and added texture from the pine nuts.  The Salad Plate is a good way to sample the starter menu.

Salad Plate

Salad Plate

We also had the Chef’s Plate for our main course.  It consisted of a combination of doner kebab, Izgara kofte (Turkish meatballs, though these were flattened out), and Shish kebab in a mixture of beef, chicken and lamb.  I enjoyed picking at the different meats on the plate, and really liked the super lamby taste of the lamb kofte, although it would probably be too strong tasting for quite a lot of people.

Chef's Plate

Chef’s Plate

Though we were quite full, we decided to order two desserts to try.  The Helva (a dense sesame cake) was a much larger serving than we anticipated, and much more than we needed.  It was very sweet.  We liked the flavour, but it was just too sweet for us.  It reminded me of the peanut cakes you can get from Malaysia.  Yummy, but I could never eat many of those either.

Helva

Helva

We loved the Kenefe though!  It’s a dessert of thinly shredded filo pasty with cheese that’s fried until crispy, and topped with chopped pistachios.  We had to wait for this dessert to be prepared, and we were happy we did.  It’s somehow just very yummy.  We couldn’t quite put our finger on why exactly we liked it, but we just did.  And we’ll definitely order this again the next time we go there.  Together with Turkish tea, it was a perfect end to the meal.

Kenefe decorated with pistachios

Kenefe decorated with pistachios

Turkish tea

Turkish tea

Sofra Turkist Cafe & Restaurant is found at:
100 Beach Road
#02-42/44
Shaw Tower
Shaw Leisure Gallery

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