Monday 17 January 2005 4.32am
Ev is a new restaurant, bar and delicatessen, on Isabella Street
, just off Hatfields
. It is owned and run by the people behind Tas, and has much the same food as in Tas.
Until recently, Ev has been almost empty. According to the Tas website ( http://www.tasrestaurant.com
) Ev hasn't yet been opened, which could go some way in explaining the emptiness I've seen there over the past few weeks.
A group of four of us went to the Ev restaurant on Friday, expecting it to be empty and so assuming we wouldn't need to book a table. I had been to the bar a few times before, but only peered into the restaurant. This time, the restaurant was heaving, and we had to wait 20 minutes for a table, so we took the one free table in the bar, and bought a bottle of wine, and before long we were ushered to our table in the restaurant.
Whilst the rest of my group ordered from the set menu (starter and main course for £8.25), I didn't find anything there that caught my eye, so I ordered from their main restaurant menu. I had a smoked salmon starter (TÃ¼tsÃ¼lÃ¼ Somon, £3.95) followed by a seafood pasta dish (Karisik Deniz ÃœrÃ¼nleri, £4.25). Both, I thought, were top notch, and the pasta dish was crammed so full of seafood that I still wonder how they can make a profit on a superb two course meal for under a tenner. In the normal Tas style, there was complimentary warm bread with tzatziki and a small bowl of olives.
In all, it cost £37 (including service charge) for four two-course meals, £13 for a bottle of red, and £3 for a glass of white. Everyone was more than pleased with their meals, so I think it was great value.
This place is now my favourite restaurant, and the atmosphere in the bar is completely absorbing, with the sound of flowing water coming from the back wall, and the music (sometimes soft and calming, other times a bit more eclectic) is always interesting.
for more on Ev.
[Edited to amend faulty link and to replace unrecognised Turkish characters with similar looking 'standard' ones]