Esra Muslu’s Zahter to launch later this month

By Joe Lutrario

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Esra Muslu’s Zahter to launch later this month

Related tags: Zahter, Esra Muslu, Turkish cuisine, London, Chefs

Former Ottolenghi chef Esra Muslu will open her debut restaurant, in Soho’s Foubert’s Place, on 30 November.

Revealed earlier this year,​Zahter will use traditional methods to create home-style Turkish dishes that ‘encompass true Istanbulite cuisine’.

Split across four floors of a former clothing warehouse, the restaurant will feature an open kitchen, counter dining and al-fresco seating on the ground floor, a dining room on the first floor, and a private events space and cookery studio on the third floor.

Located just of Carnaby Street, the restaurant will initially open for lunch and dinner with an Istanbul-style breakfast menu to be introduced at a later date.

Alongside Turkish stalwarts such as lahmacun, manti and adana kabab, the menu will offer grilled dishes including kuzu kol (a lamb shoulder dish); Köz Patlıcan (smoked aubergine with fried chilli and fresh zahter); and dana kaburga (a beef rib dish). 

There will also be a focus on hot and cold mezzes, with options including kuru cacik (labneh, cucumber, mint and garlic); and muhammara (smoked pepper, red chilli, garlic and walnuts). 

Other dishes will include enginar dolması (whole artichoke, spiced rice, soured cherries and almond); zeytinyağlı (rezene, oil braised feta cream, charred fennel and dill); and baklava made with kaymac, green pistachios and rose petals. 

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