Jason Allen 27/01/21


Turkish food has come a long way in London over the past few years.

A decade ago, the city was almost bereft of truly great Turkish spots. Now we’re got places like Oklava, Zahter, and indeed Ruya.

You’ll find it on the edge of Hype Park, in the quiet super-hotel district of Mayfair that’s home to The Grosvenor, The Dorchester, The Connaught, and others. Ruya (meaning ‘dream’ in Turkish) has come over from Dubai, where it served a similarly upmarket crowd.

Walk inside, and you’ll notice that it definitely fits in with its elegant surroundings. It’s low-lit, moody, and sleek, with azure-blue tables tops, and walls tiled in colourful Aegean tiles. Walking past the cocktail bar, you’ll also notice the one prerequisite of all Turkish restaurants these days: a wood fired bread oven.

It’s from that bread oven that you’ll get some of the wonderful flatbreads coming out, including a fragrant lahmacun loaded with spiced lamb & vegetables. Beyond that, there’s a perfectly tender short rib (slow cooked for 24hrs, and given a Turkish chilli BBQ glaze), as well as a heap of grilled prawns doused in pickled fennel butter, and hand-cut lamb ‘adana’ kebabs with burnt tomato.

Tying it all together, you can get a traditional Anatolian rice pudding (called a Fırın Sütlaç) whose intense creaminess is offset with sharp raspberries and rose ice cream, and of course there’s a wine list that covers all the classic Old World regions, as well as several first-rate Turkish vineyards.

And one thing that’s definitely worth mentioning? Is that fact that not only does Ruya provide options for anyone with a dietary requirement – whether it be a vegetarianism, veganism, or a gluten intolerance – but they will provide entire menus for them.

Which is something else that’s come a long way in the last few years.


NOTE: Ruya is open now. You can find out more, see all the menus, and make a booking at their website right HERE.

Ruya | 30 Upper Grosvenor St, W1K 7PH

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30 Upper Grosvenor St, Mayfair, W1K 7PH

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