I'm always spoilt for choice when it comes to dining out and indecisive in choosing where to eat, so I was in luck when my friend made the executive decision to dine at Haz Restaurant in St Paul's. Before dinner we had a cheeky cocktail after work at Madison, which is on the roof top of One New Change. I would highly recommend going up here, not necessarily to the bar but you can take the lift to the roof top terrace, which offers a panoramic view of St Paul's cathedral and London's skyline.
Anyway back to dinner,once we were seated the waitress placed on the table some flat bread, olives and a type of dip (maybe feta). I don't remember what these tasted like, as I was so hungry and I forgot to think about what the food tasted like. For started my friend and I shared the borek (filo pastry filled with feta cheese and spinach) and karides tava (sautéed prawns in garlic and tomato sauce). I thought the borek was a bit salty, but the prawns were just delightful! The sauce was sweet and had a bit of spice to it, I would definitely recommend this.
For my main I went for the cevizli kasarli kofte (minced lamb with walnuts and halloumi cheese), which in the photo doesn't look like much but it was quite a heavy meal. The kofte was quite tough and chewy, it didn't really have the wow factor and the rice was definitely lacking in portion size. I definitely think there are nicer places to try Middle Eastern food and for half the price. I think this place is expensive for what it is and they add a service charge of 12.5% to the bill! I wasn't overly impressed with Haz, the restaurant looks better than the food tastes.
|Borek, prawns in tomato and garlic sauce|
|Lamb kofte with walnuts and pine nuts with my measly portion of rice|