Turkish Pide in London

 Last week while walking through London trying to find an office, I looked up from my phone GPS and saw a Menu outside a restaurant with some familiar words. I had to do a double take, and when I did I realised that they were Turkish. I glanced up at the restaurant name – ‘Tas Pide’ it said.
Mmm, pide – one of my favourite Turkish foods.

After I’d managed to find the office and done what I needed to do there, I headed back towards the train station. I was wrestling with myself trying to decide whether to go and have lunch in the restaurant or not. I was alone, and I’d picked up a menu list earlier so I knew that things were a little expensive. Eventually I plucked up the courage to go inside, unable to resist the temptation of a proper, Turkish lunch.

The restaurant itself was directly opposite the ‘new’ Shakespears Globe, along Bankside, a short walk away from London Bridge station. It forms part of a chain of ‘Tas’ restaurants in London, each specialising in a different area of Turkish cuisine, this one obviously pide, but it had plenty of other choices on the menu too. The inside of the restaurant was very pretty – a Turkish paradise, vines growing along the walls and across the ceiling, low tables and chairs, nazar/evil eyes hanging from the walls and an open kitchen with large, stone ovens.. It was beautiful, but being the only person dining in there alone, I was a little too nervous to take photos of the decor and risk looking silly!
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I had another look at the menu, which I had already studied outside while trying to convince myself to go in, and decided I’d have my ‘usual’ and compare it to the pide I’ve had in Fethiye so many times. Before I had even ordered, they brought over a bowl of fresh bread, a garlic dip and some olives. I’m not a fan of olives so I didn’t touch those, but the garlic dip was delicious and the bread was perfect.

A short time later, my pide arrived. It looked and smelt amazing. If you don’t know what pide is, it’s a sort of Turkish pizza, with thin, crispy dough moulded into a slight bowl shape, topped with pretty much anything you want. They had a lot of topping options on the menu and although I was tempted by the patlicanli (aubergine) one, I went for the kiymali one – mincemeat, onion, tomato, pepper and parsley. There was an option to have an egg on top too, which sounds vile to me, so needless to say I had it without. It was served with a bowl of crunchy pickled red cabbage. It was delicious. A medium sized portion, perfectly crunchy on the top but soft at the base, lots of fresh toppings and not greasy at all. Of course it’s not quite the same as eating in Fethiye, but you have to work with what you’ve got, right?
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I was tempted to have baklava for desert, but decided it was too expensive and I was too full to justify a whole portion to myself anyway. That’s the downside to the restaurant… the prices. Perhaps it’s just because I begrudge paying £8.40 for something that I know I can get for less than £1.50 in Fethiye, but the prices were very high for what the food actually was. I took a couple of photos of the menu leaflet to give you an idea (click the photos to enlarge them and make them more readable).
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The starters were particularly expensive, and although they sounded yummy, I’d never pay that much for them. The main dishes of pide ranged from £8.10-£9.95 and the other main courses varied in price from around £9 to £14. I don’t know the size of the other portions so can’t comment on value for money, but I do know that for what those dishes are, it’s a lot of money. I’m certain that Berkay would go into shock if I told him I’d paid the equivalent of 31 tl for one pide – I don’t think he’s ever paid more than 5 tl!

All that being said, I was definitely glad I’d decided to try the restaurant because it really cheered me up after a rubbish day and I’d go back again for a special occasion, I just have to convince my family that Turkish food isn’t evil first! They rarely stray away from a chicken schnitzel or a steak while in Turkey!

Have you tried pide? Have you, or will you be paying this restaurant a visit next time you’re in London? Let me know.

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18 comments

  1. I find the same to be true in the US, turkish food is WAY overpriced and not even as good as it is in Turkey! I usually end up making it myself, and pide is definitely one of my favorites to make 🙂 (and its actually really good with an egg on it, its usually an egg white wash in my experience)

  2. I love pide but Turkish food in England is way too much. Save it for Turkey, I say! 🙂

  3. Gail murphy · · Reply

    I love the food in this restaurant but you are right compared to turkey it is expensive. However for London it’s not a bad price. They own Ev in Waterloo as well and that is fabulous, has a lovely area you can sit outside in the summer and a bar attached to the restaurant if you just want drinks. Ev is my favourite of them all x

    1. Ill have to check Ev out, sounds lovely x

  4. susan richardson · · Reply

    I will and really it’s just London prices worth it if they are as yummy as the ones in Fethiye.

  5. I loooove pide! We have the same problem in the US, turkish food is way overpriced compared to, well, Turkey! For that reason I usually end up making turkish food at home- and pide is one of my favorites to make! (BTW it is very good with egg on it 😉 It’s usually a light egg white wash over the top, so good mmm!)

    1. Ohh Im a rubbish cook, sounds nice! x

  6. My wife and I went in there for our 30th anniversary it was empty then but it was early as we was going to see Le Miserable, your right it is expensive but it was lovely food, definitely only for special occasions. 😊

    1. I never realised it was there before! Its nice but expensive x

  7. Yes I’ve had Pide many times in Fethiye and Hisaronu. I love it and would probably done the same as you and pay over the odds for it in UK X

    1. 🙂 Lovely isn’t it? x

  8. Oh we love pide,we are going to see my dad soon he lives in south east London and its pretty easy to get to London bridge so will def pay a visit. Are you all packed for your visit to turkey? Bet you can’t wait x x

    1. Where does he live? I’m in South East London too 🙂 25 mins on the train to london bridge! x

      1. Just seen this reply to my comment sorry I’m so late replying,my dads in forest hill you can see most of London from where he lives,the London eye etc x x

      2. oh yeah, know it 🙂 beautiful x

  9. i love pide but the best pide i had was in turkey actually i am excited to move back to turkey because i will be able to have pide avery day Lol ps : i love your blog 😀

    1. haha, yum, pide! 🙂

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