Still lovin' Sofra
For those of you who don't get to Sofra as often as you'd like (or as often as the crowds allow), this valentine today:
A photo, a paragraph, a mezze platter.
The same again, please.
Love sofra, hate the campers and table savers. Just means we only get morning buns to go and not a complete breakfast.
Another Sofra lover here - but hate the seating with a passion. Now that it's warm again, will brave the outdoor tables, they're tolerable. Would love it if the counter staff could muster up more than a sneer, but they don't keep me away either. The food is worth it, but take-out only for us!
I had a somewhat different experience at Sofra yesterday, stopped in to pick up a flatbread to go for lunch, $9.50 or so for a tiny tiny flatbread lamb schwarma, meat was chewy and tasted like a bad pot roast, with some sort of mealy 'pickled cabbage' on the sandwich that tasted like old potato salad. Very little flavor in the sandwich at all. Ate this $9+ sandwich and still needed to have a slice of cold pizza to tide me over for lunch. Also took 10+ mins to get my food at 1:30pm, not busy at all and 10+ people working in the kitchen. Not going to be rushing back, maybe I ordered wrong.
I generally don't like the meat items there nearly as much as the non-meat items. I agree that it's pricey and the portions aren't very large, but if you do go back try one of the hot items, a vegetarian flatbread, or the mezze bar. You might also pick up something prepared from the bottom of the refrigerated case and heat it up at home -- that would solve the long wait problem.
They stopped making what I thought was their best savory item: spinach lamejun. I do like several of the sweets (cashew sesame bar, walnut sesame bourek and pistachio semolina flute), but overall it disappoints. I want to like it more than I do.