Tuesday, 8 December 2009

Hazev review Canary Whaf Turkish food - affordable cuisine with friendly service

Good food cheers me up, especially one that is reasonably priced and comes with excellent service. After introducing K to Puji Puji during his visit to London, he returned the favour by asking me to meet up with him lunch at Hazev, the new Turkish restaurant that opens up at Heron Quay, right across the footbridge from central Canary Wharf.

Other than a full restaurant, Hazev host a deli beside it as well

The place was bustling when we arrived at around 1pm. It must be the lunch deals (most under £10 per person for two courses) that Hazev is currently offering. The waiter held the door open with a wide grin and quickly showed us to our table. Though the place was packed, the number of waiters rushing around was more than adequate for the lunch time crowd. There was no flustering and the entire place was like a well oiled machine.

We opted for the Sahan Menu and I chose Sahan Humus as starter and Chicken Shish for mains. Like most decent Turkish restaurants, Hazev served complementary Turkish bread and olives. But unlike most, it comes with soft white cheese as well, which went extremely well with the soft scented Turkish bread.

Humus that went delightfully well with soft Turkish bread

Though the humus was nothing to shout about, the highlight has to be the shish. K ordered lamb and offered to trade some for my chicken, which I did without missing a beat. While it's hard to roast chicken without toughening it, it's more so for lamb. Hazev did both to perfection.

Chicken shish and the marvelous chilli sauce on its side (top left corner)

The spice sparsely sprinkled on the chicken and lamb shish added to the aroma to the nicely done meat. Not only that, the Hazev's chilli sauce was defintely one of the better ones that I have tasted. It wasn't too spicy - just enough to give a subtle tinging sensation to your tongue, and came with a generous servings of chopped up tomatoes and other vegetables. We asked for additional chilli sauce and a waiter promptly scooped up two huge spoonfuls from a large bowl without batting an eyelid - wouldn't be surprised if they had been getting similar requests regularly.

It's apparent that Hazev is competing for the same lunch crowd with a number of restaurants and eateries in the Canary Wharf area. But unlike the Marriot's Curve, there is a real danger of not being able to get a table here.

Address: Discovery Dock West, 2 South Quay Square, Canary Wharf, London E14 9RT
Tel: 020 7515 9467
Nearest DLR station: Heron Quay

Ratings (out of 5 *)
Price: below £15 pp
Service charge:
Taste: ****
Service: *****
Ambience: ***
Suitable for: Canary Wharf workers looking for a great lunch deal
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Anonymous said...

Went there this weekend and it was fantastic! Live very close by so is bound to become a regular for me to frequent. Great service and GREAT food.

C K said...

Glad that you like it too. Hey, gimme a shout if you have any good recommendation, will ye?

Anonymous said...

This is an awasome place, I was there yesterday and will definitely return, in fact this is the first place in Canary Wharf area I really enjoyed. A mustsee for anyone living in Canary Wharf.

Anonymous said...

Food nice, service very poor had to chase every course and drink. Manager very rude and was very offensive not professional at all. Very dissapointed

sunset canvas said...

I'm going to a friends over at Canary Wharf soon so maybe I'll check this place out, thanks for the honest reviews.

floral wall art said...

Really good review, must try it!

photo canvas prints said...

I popped in there on a brief visit to Canary Wharf.. highly recommended!

modern prints said...

I haven't tried much Turkish food but with this restaurant opening, I think I'll get down there and try some!

John said...

That's brilliant, thanks so much for the review.