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Babaji Pide

Babaji Pide

Address 53 Shaftesbury Avenue; London W1D 6LB
by Wardour Street
Neighbourhood Soho, Leicester Square | See on map
Tube Piccadilly Circus [Bakerloo, Piccadilly]
Telephone +44 20 3327 3888
Website http://www.babaji.com.tr/
Price GBP 20-35
Hours Mon-Fri 12-23:30. Sat 09-23:30. Sun 09-22:30

Unless you count Turkish delights (the confectionery!), then the Ottoman cuisine has never really stood out on the culinary map. But trust Alan Yau – the man who made us slurp noodles with gusto at Wagamama, carb-load on focaccia at Princi and think of Chinese as fine dining at Hakkasan – to change that.

Here at Babaji Pide, right on the edge of Soho, it’s – wait for it – pide that he wants us to tuck into. You know, the oval-shaped, pizza-like flatbreads that you may have mistaken for something else on a drunk-eating binge in East London. Made with your choice of toppings – anything from prawn and kaşar cheese to pastrami and egg – they are served fresh from the wood-fired ovens.

Basic, perhaps, but delicious and the sleek interiors help lift experience (sit upstairs for quiet, stay at ground level for busy kitchen action). The menu also offers a range of meze dishes as accompaniments and a number salads and regional dishes such as manti dumplings and bean stew. Priced just within the realm of reasonable, Yau’s Turkish should delight plenty if stuck for a casual place to eat in the West End.