Right in the centre of Soho, London is a wonderful Turkish delight you need to put on your radar.
In collaboration with the team at CitizenMag, my sister and I headed down last week to see what this Turkish experience was all about.
Situated on the corner of Shaftesbury Avenue, opposite the theatre showing Les Miserables, Babaji is not easy to miss with it's sleek brown interior.
We were seated straight away in the upstairs section, which is the best section by far! The huge, clear windows allow you to view all of Soho and Chinatown rushing down below, while you chill out with on the padded seats, separated by pretty cushions. Good start.The starters came really quickly, which put them in our good books straight away because we were both starving. We went for a bit of halloumi cheese and a pide dish (stuffed flatbread).
I have only had halloumi from Nando's, where it was rubbery and bland. This one is soft, flavoursome and melts away in the mouth like it should and rests on some fresh and sundried tomatoes.
Instead of telling the lovely waitress she got our order wrong, we just tucked in and convinced ourselves that it was indeed us that made the error - we are so very British!
Both dishes were delicious and it was actually good that we ate veggie starters, because the main courses were a meaty feast!
Up next was a nice, generous portion of lamb tandir and rice. It was cooked to perfection and I honestly didn't want it to end. A little dollop of pepper dip added a nice fiery kick to it too.
Ama went for a lamb Kulbasti which consisted of flatbread, lamb, tomato stew and yoghurt.
Full to the brim and beaming from ear-to-ear, we left Babaji promising the staff we would return soon.
The place was chilled, the decor was beautiful, the views were great and most importantly, the food was exceptional. The waiter's traditional Turkish uniforms were really pretty too and somehow helped to make the overall vibe even more great.
I am known to have a super-small stomach and never finish meals, but my sister and I completely and would have licked them clean if it were socially acceptable.
I just wish the website wasn't so confusing!
P.S. have a look under the table for the rolly foot massager!
Psst! No need for a reservation - just turn up!
53 Shaftesbury Ave,
W1D 6LB*collaborative post, views my own - of course!