• July 16, 2024

Zahter: A Culinary Gem in the Heart of Soho

 Zahter: A Culinary Gem in the Heart of Soho

In the vibrant heart of Soho, Zahter stands as a beacon for fine dining enthusiasts, offering a harmonious blend of traditional Turkish flavors and contemporary culinary artistry. Having graced this bustling locale for several years, the establishment has not only carved a niche for itself but has become an integral part of Soho’s dining scene. Visitors to Zahter can expect a harmonious blend of traditional values paired with contemporary flair, culminating in dishes that are both visually stunning and a treat for the tastebuds.

The Ultimate Dining Experience Awaits!

Stepping into Zahter, one is instantly enveloped in an atmosphere that whispers sophistication, yet feels unmistakably welcoming. Whether it’s the thoughtfully crafted menu, boasting a selection of dishes inspired by global culinary traditions, or the meticulously chosen beverages that elevate every meal, every aspect screams perfection. With its commitment to unparalleled service and an unforgettable experience, it’s no surprise that Zahter has solidified its position as one of Soho’s premier dining destinations.

A New Era: Yasemin Efe and Simay Kamer’s Leadership

Following the untimely passing of its founder, Esra Muslu, Zahter has seen a significant transition. Esra Muslu’s sister, Yasemin Efe, along with Simay Kamer, have taken over the leadership of Zahter. Their vision continues to honor the legacy of Esra Muslu while infusing new energy into the restaurant.

Chef Fatih Akdoğan: A Legacy Continued

Esra Muslu’s former right-hand man, Chef Fatih Akdoğan, has been appointed as the head chef. With extensive training under Muslu and at Ottolenghi, Akdoğan is poised to take Zahter to new heights. His expertise and innovative approach have already earned Zahter a spot back in the Michelin Guide, reaffirming the restaurant’s commitment to excellence.

A Culinary Journey

The menu at Zahter, dominated by hot and cold meze, is a tribute to traditional Turkish cuisine with a modern twist. The hugely popular whole artichoke, fragrant and lemony, with sticky spiced rice fastidiously packed in between each fleshy leaf, plus a scattering of jewel-like pomegranate seeds and toasted almonds, is a must-try. The ‘extremely flavoursome’ lamb kofte is best eaten with some piping hot, pillowy pide bread from the wood/charcoal oven for mopping up the juices. Another highlight is the whole but ‘magically de-boned’ sea bream with chimichurri.

A Dessert to Remember

For afters, it’s all about luscious, sticky gorgeousness in the shape of a wickedly decadent baklava topped with a blob of cream and dusted with ground pistachios. This light, flaky, buttery filo oozes syrup with every bite without being too cloying, and is packed with chunks of blitzed pistachio and topped with a perfect quenelle of thick whipped cream that makes everything sing. Bliss.

Impeccable Service

Service at Zahter keeps pace with the boisterous crowd, thanks to a brigade of busy, chatty staff. Wines kick off with Turkish house selections at £29, adding another layer of authenticity to the dining experience.

A Tribute to Esra Muslu

The legacy of Esra Muslu, who brought her expertise and passion from Istanbul to London, is deeply embedded in Zahter. Her influence, combined with the new leadership of her sister Yasemin Efe and Simay Kamer, and the culinary prowess of Chef Fatih Akdoğan, ensures that Zahter remains a top choice for those seeking a unique and memorable dining experience in Soho.

Location and Contact

Zahter is located at 30-32 Foubert’s Place, Soho, London, W1F 7PS, United Kingdom. For more information and reservations, please visit Zahter’s website.

 

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