So I’m going to be spending a lot of time in and around EC3 – a part of London that’s relatively unknown to me, and is shouting out to be properly explored.
And going out for a Turkish/ Mediterranean lunch with my new buddy is a sure way to my heart. Or to getting my *sincere* approval at least.
On Tuesday lunchtime, we went to Fora on Houndsditch. And by the end of the hour (13:30) the restaurant was stuffed full. As were we.
The ‘City menu’ (two courses @ £10.95) was too good a deal to miss, with starter choices such as:
~ borek (filo pastry parcels filled with spinach and feta cheese)
~ taboulleh (parsley salad with mint, cracked wheat and tomatoes)
~ cacik (yoghurt with chopped cucumbers)
~ imam bayildi (aubergine with tomatoes and peppers, chickpeas + fresh tomato sauce)
And main course choices:
~ chicken shish
~ adana kofte (marinated lamb minced and mixed with herbs and grilled on skewer slightly spicy, served with rice and vegetables)
~ lamb casserole
~ sebze guvec (mixed vegetables, potatoes, aubergines, peppers, green beans, tomatoes with rice)
~ mousakka (either meat or veg)
~ chicken kofte (skewers)
~ chicken guvec (chicken with mixed veg etc, with rice)
~ salmon pasta
Homing in my old favourite, borek (normally £4.95 off the a la carte menu) this was served as a substantial starter portion of three pastries, made of light flaky pastry, packed with feta and spinach (spot on).
For mains, the adana kofte (normally £10.45 off the a la carte menu) – marinated, spicy minced lamb mixed with herbs and grilled on skewers, served with rice, mixed vegetables, and a spicy sauce – was incredibly good (perfectly spiced) and, being such a large portion, very filling.
C had vegetable moussaka (normally £9.95 off the a la carte menu) packed full of veggie layers and tomato juices, with a grilled, lightly burnt top (just as it should be).
Somehow we forced down a kazandibi, upside down milk pudding with a caramelised top coated in cinnamon with hazelnuts @ £4.25, shared between us:
Fora makes for an impressive lunch outing; one for special occasions that won’t break the bank.
~ Lardbutty rating: 4 / 5
~ Type: Turkish, Mediterranean
~ Address: 34-36 Houndsditch, City, London
~ Postcode: EC3A 7DB
~ Tel: 020 7626 2222
~ Nearest stations: Aldgate, Liverpool Street (mainline)
~ Website + menus: Fora website
~ Photos on flickr: images of Fora food
~ Location: Fora map
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