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Guest Post: It’s official, I Have a New Favourite Lunch in London! | Mandira Review

February 28, 2018

The other week I suggested my friend Ms S check out the new lunch menu at Mandira on my behalf. I wish I could’ve joined her, but moving has meant no time for adventures lately. So Ms S used this as an excuse to get away from the office and have a more exciting lunch hour!

Over to Ms S… I’m lucky enough to work in Central London, and whilst in theory I’m spoilt for choice of cafes and restaurants, in reality I tend to bring in my own packed lunch and eat at my desk – a habit I really need to break out of. Mandira can be found on Long Acre in Covent Garden, and prides itself on being London’s home of traditional Turkish strained yoghurt.

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The concept is a bit like Hummus Bros – they offer pots of natural yogurt with a mix of sweet and savoury toppings, alongside Turkish Simit bread (a little like a pretzel crossed with a bagel), fresh oven baked latkes, bio live smoothies and authentic Turkish coffee. Everything is cooked and prepared in house, daily, and made to order – so it’s as fresh as can be. Recently, Mandira has also added a few brand new egg dishes to their menu, including a baked breakfast pot(served anytime) and an egg simit salad.

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Mandira-London-Turkish-Eggs-Eaten

With my mind made up (I’m not gonna turn down baked eggs, ever), I couldn’t wait to dig into the Turkish Breakfast Pot. Two poached Breckland Farm eggs inside a pot of strained yogurt with a sprinkling of paprika. The dish also comes with sliced Simit dippers, but as I unfortunately can’t eat sesame seeds I had to pass on those. In the end, I found the pot perfectly proportioned, and honestly didn’t feel like I actually needed any bread. The yoghurt was perfectly smooth and silky, and the eggs poached to perfection.

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On the side, I also tried two of the oven baked latkes, the zucchini and feta, and the supergreen with leeks. I’m always looking for ways to fit veg into my diet as I can’t eat it raw, and I can’t have too much of it. These latkes were ideally sized and cooked to perfection, with the feta one being a stand out. Crunchy, sharp and beautifully flavoured, they complimented the yoghurt extremely well. I actually ended up using them as dippers to scoop up every last morsel!

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Mandira also kindly gave me a miniature bio-live bowl to round the meal off. This you’d normally choose from a pre-set menu of full size sweet and savoury options. I plumped for the baked aubergine and tomato, which is served cold. It was surprisingly refreshing, and in the summer would make a perfect snack to take to the park.

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With everything I tried, the flavours were sublime and the food satisfying and filling without being heavy or stodgy (not that there’s anything wrong with stodge!). I was impressed that the staff accommodated my various intolerances without batting their eyelids. I also learned they catered for vegan, gluten free and nut free diets. Before I left I was given three of the dessert pots to take home, which I actually donated to my boyfriend. I was still far too full from all the delicious food I’d sampled! For an average day, the Turkish Breakfast Pot itself is plenty enough – and at only £4.50. It’s a reasonably well priced for a fresh and healthy lunch option. I’ll definitely go back!

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P.S. Ms S checked out Mandira for me, her lunch was comped, but all opinions and photos are hers.

P.P.S. Mandira is located at 78B Long Acre, London WC2E 9NG.

4 Comments

  • Reply Charli Bruce February 28, 2018 at 11:19 am

    My partner is Turkish and we absolutely love Turkish food so we shall definitely be checking this place out x

  • Reply Alexander Ward February 28, 2018 at 10:21 am

    Wow this looks incredible, the baked eggs especially – absolutely love Turkish inspiration so I’m adding this to my list, which seems to be growing daily 😛

  • Reply Old Fashioned Susie (@OldFashionedSus) February 28, 2018 at 10:06 am

    I love Turkish flavours. This looks like somewhere worth checking out

  • Reply Mellissa Williams February 28, 2018 at 8:58 am

    The food looks very interesting! I try and eat live yoghurt every day so I definitely need to visit. The flavours look different too. Never been to a Turkish restaurant so this place is a must visit for me

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