Yeni | Modern Turkish Restaurant In Soho
In Turkish, the phrase yeni lokanta literally means ‘new restaurant’.
Which is slightly ironic, because it means that Yeni Lokanta is no longer a yeni lokanta. It opened in Istanbul way back in 2013, and is one of those effortlessly cool places that also happens to be a magnet for awards, with a small trove of them going to the place’s head chef Civan Er.
Now, six years on, the man himself is coming to London to open a new spot (just called Yeni, or ‘new’ this time around) in Soho. The space will feature hand-blown glass chandeliers, floral tiles, and a solid Onyx wall behind the bar, all built by Istanbul-based designers and artisans.
The menu will be much like the one found in the original space, with a blend of modernist cuisine and street food-style casual dishes – you can expect everything from oven-roasted ribs with isot pepper; to sour cherries & sumac molasses with charcoal-grilled octopus; to ‘zeytinyagli’ – an Aegean dish in which vegetables are braised in olive oil.
Dessert will include a smoked buffalo milk ice cream, and there’ll be cocktails too of course, with plenty of raki to blend with traditional Turkish ingredients…
…if you’ve got a yen for something exotic.
NOTE: Yeni will open on January 21st 2019. We’ll be back then with the full scoop. In the meantime, you can check out their landing page on their website right HERE.
Yeni | 55 Beak Street, W1F 9SH
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