Tucked away on the second floor of Shaw Tower, Sofra Turkish Restaurant lacks the charm of most other Middle Eastern establishments along Arab Street. No lounging about in wicker chairs, no contests to see who can make the perfect shisha smoke ring but no matter, if shisha isn’t your poison of choice. Despite its location, Sofra still feels authentically Turkish enough. For one, a look at the menu reveals a gobbledygook of terms like yaprak tavuc and firin kofte, though thankfully accompanied by their English translations.
We ordered the Chef Plate, Lamb Chops and a Roasted Eggplant Salad to share. The salad was disappointing – more eggplant mush than salad. The looks on our faces as we gingerly spooned the mush into our mouths said it all.
The Chef Plate thankfully, did not disappoint. A sampler of chicken shwarma, beef kebab and meat patty, it was hearty and big enough for two to share. Juicy with a bit of bite to it, the beef kebab was definitely my favourite item on the plate.
I usually don’t like lamb, but the lamb chops were done well enough to mask the “lamby” taste. I must admit, it was so good I fought my friend for the last piece.
The good thing about Sofra is that it’s mostly empty on weeknights. We spent nearly 2 hours there, dawdling over our food and catching up. The conveniently bite-sized portions also meant less time fussing over our food and more time talking!
100 Beach Road
Shaw Leisure Gallery