Mediterranean Restaurant in London
Haz is a modern Mediterranean restaurant in London with six branches in and around the City. The restaurant was founded by three Turkish men, Haci, Ahmet and Zafer. If you haven’t noticed, the name HAZ combines the initials of the three founders! Their concept since opening in 2011 is to use fresh, local, seasonal ingredients and take inspiration from their heritage and ancient Turkish cooking techniques.
We visited their Plantatation Place restaurant (situated near Fenchurch Street) for dinner. We have also had drinks at their branch by St Paul’s. The restaurant has modern and slick décor with high ceilings, exposed pipes, gorgeous lighting and spots of floral throughout.
We started off with three of the classic cocktails (£10.50):
- Porn Star Martini: Passion Puree, Absolut Vanilla, Lime, Passion Syrup & Passoa
- Pinacolada: Rum, Pineapple juice, Coconut Cream
- Mojito: Rum, lime & brown sugar with mint, served long topped with soda
All were nicely presented and made a great aperitif before dinner.
During dinner we opted for the Pinot Grigio Blush Di Venezie, Veneto Sacchetto (£24.95) which was a light accompaniment to our meal.
The Mezze Selection
As we sat down we were greeted with some fresh bread (they bake their bread fresh daily) which was rather moreish. We then moved to the mezze dishes which are great to share in groups.
Between three of us we had the Meze All Day (£13.95) consisting of Humus, Falafel, Borek, Iman Bayildi, Tabule, Cacik, Kisir, Octopus and Tavuk Kofte and the Icli Kofte: Fried Parcels of Lamb Mince, Pine Nuts and Fresh Herbs wrapped in Bulghur Wheat (£6.95). The Meze All Day platter was a generous portion and the food was tasty and fresh. We loved the Icli Kofte packed with lamb mince with great flavours.
Main Dishes and Dessert
There were so many great main dishes to choose from! We tucked into the Iskender: a selection of Lamb Shish, Chicken and Lamb Kofte, Roasted Tomato Sauce and Yoghurt served on Crispy Pide Bread Cubes (£15.95) and the Mixed Grill: Grilled Cubes of Chicken, Lamb and Kofte served with Tomato Ezm (£14.95). The meat with both of these dishes was superb – it was tender, flavoursome and juicy. The best bit is you get to try a bit of everything!
We were also impressed by the Grilled Salmon Fillet, served with Chilli and a Salad of Heritage Tomatoes, Pickles, Green Kalamata Olives and Toasted Walnuts (£15.95). The salmon was such a large portion and we loved the kick from the chilli. Another really enjoyable dish!!
We finished off our evening with Baklava served with a Pistachio and Honey Cream (£6.50) presented in three small pieces (perfect for sharing). It was nice but not as good as we have had previously. The Kunefe served on another table looked amazing though.
Haz is a great Mediterranean restaurant in London to visit. We were impressed with the service, the atmosphere and the quality of the food at reasonable prices. They also offer a 2 course selection for only £15.95 with 4 starters and 5 mains available!
East London Girl: Haz Restaurant
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