Yeni

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Mediterranean
We are the sister restaurant of Istanbul’s Yeni Lokanta established in 2013. The food is our take on the culinary culture of Istanbul that has been home to various ethnicities for centuries. Its roots are in the rich and diverse cuisines of the Mediterranean and Eurasia. Our chefs are committed to using the highest quality raw ingredients available in London to create unique flavours that benefit from traditional cooking techniques with our own touch. Isot pepper, mahlab and sumac mollases are some of the key ingredients that we bring from our homeland to distinguish our flavors as well as Antep’s rare spices in our home made sausages and Maras’ dried orchid sahlep in our house churned ice creams. You are also welcome to enjoy our signature cocktails at the upstairs bar alongside our full menu.
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Berkshire
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Great food. Good people. had a date night and a table of 6 guests nearby meant we couldn't hear each other.

NA
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Delicious modern spin on some great Turkish foods. Well presented restaurant and decent service.

Would happily go back.

OT
London
46 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our visit to Yeni far exceeded all our expectations. The atmosphere of the restaurant is great and the decor is cool right from the doorway. Their food is out of this world. We have started with small sharing plates and kept on ordering. Then we had beef ribs and lamb shank as main course. Both were impeccably seasoned, cooked to perfection and incredibly delicious. To finish the meal, we had crisp pastry and pudding fritters with house made ice cream which were rich and delicious. Staff were amazing and friendly. They helped us with the menu and took care of anything we needed. This was one of the best dining experiences we’ve ever had.

M
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience5

The food was very good. The decor very tasteful. The staff were friendly. But not worth of five stars unfortunately on this visit. The service needs improving. We had to chase initial drinks order twice, there was an hour delay between starters and main courses arriving (which were unfortunately tepid when they did arrive) and our waiters didn’t really look after us but rather only came when we managed to get their attention. And on top of that it was rather expensive. We knew that it was pricey and for that reason had higher expectations of food and service.

JV
London
6 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Amazing service and great food. Get a carafe instead of wine by the glass though, otherwise it can get really pricey. Food is phenomenal and well worth the price. Service was outstanding. And absolutely have the turkish wines!

c
London
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Absolutely delicious food, but there was long wait times between courses which let the place down a little. I would deffo go back however and try all the other amazing dishes

MH
London
3 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Really nice ambiance, and good accoustics. Everything we ordered had interesting flavours and was well prepared. Would definitely go back!

GM
London
16 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Lovely setting, gorgeous authentic food and friendly staff

KC
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice atmosphere right near Carnaby street. Lovely ambiance, delicious food, and friendly staff. Good for a date or a meet up with a friend or two.

KO
London
19 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

This restaurant is a great addition to the area. The food is superb and the service is friendly and helpful. I was initially told that we'd have to order from tasting menu for a table of more than 5 people, but they allowed us to do a la carte when requested beforehand (because we had time constraint).

The only problem I could see is that while they say their food is meant for sharing, they really are not. I wish they'd make easier to share platter, but this is a common problem with so many restaurants nowadays.

AM
London
33 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved Yeni. The service was so friendly and genuine. The food was delicious. The meat on the ribs feel apart when touched with a fork and it was served with beautiful strong sauce and yet the meat flavour also shone through. The octopus has a great charcoal flavour and perfectly cooked, I only wish the pieces were bigger or there was more if it! The beetroot dish delicious, the breads dish yum yum. The herb fritters really interesting. Wine selection very good. We had a great time, and I loved the fact that it was busy but you could easily talk without load music or guest so crammed in that made you have to shout to hear the person across the table from you. Definitely worth visiting and I recommend booking

e
London
3 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful food and very knowledgeable waiter.

KW
London
3 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We visited for the first time, and loved it ! Excellent food and good wine.
While the service was also very good, my heart sinks every time a waiter "explains" to me that they have a "sharing" concept - which generally is followed by the warning that dishes will come out of the kitchen as and when they are ready. Surely then, there is not much point in differentiating between mains and starters ? And many of the "mains" are not actually suitable for sharing, for example duck leg.
Nonetheless, we really enjoyed our evening, it is a lovely restaurant overall, and I will be back !

JB
Columbus
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great people and great food.

p
5 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great ambience😊 loved food and everything. Will come back..

ML
London
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Lovely meal amazing pudding only problem was the feta arrived after the main course. Will definitely be back.

PG
London
7 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Excellent interpretation of traditional Turkish food. The service is great, but could be a bit quicker!

K
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Our experience was overall great, except the hostess who interrupted our meal one hour after we had sat down to tell us she needed the table back. We were a bit surprised by this since I had a confirmation for two hours on the booking. After having a conversation with her she said it was her mistake, although, I don't think she would have amended it unless I had spoken to her. It looked from their ipad that they had overbooked and probably wanted us out to accommodate other people.

I would still go back and recommend this restaurant becuase the food was outstanding and the atmosphere great

ET
London
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely delicious food with attentive service and a great atmosphere. Winner.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were a party of 4 and were able to try most of the menu. Very distinctive tastes for each dish served. Incredibly delicious. An interesting interpretation of Turkish cuisine, not a remodeling of what exists but reinvention of combinations and styles.

The beer selection, the cocktails and the Turkish wine selection is also remarkable.

Very chilled atmosphere with the right volume of music.
Service was very efficient and friendly. The chef visited our table to greet us.

And the value for quality is fantastic! Very affordable prices.

Definitely recommend!

JN
London
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Had 6 starters and 2 mains shared between 4, which I think was too much food but each dish was outstanding; the flavours delicate, the plating sophisticated. Especially loved the beetroot and
the lamb shank. It’s on the expensive side but I would definitely recommend this restaurant

OT
London
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

My Michelinstar new reastaurant literally like the translation of his original name “Yeni”

s
London
12 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb evening: a beautiful restaurant which feels like a culinary oasis within the heart of soho. Service was impeccable and the food was first class: wonderful flavours and a very happy evening. Highly recommended.

YZ
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We came here two times during our visit in London. Excellent dishes which were nicely presented. Beautiful decor, attentive service and welcoming atmosphere.

OT
London
4 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious and authentic Turkish flavours with a unique approach. Really original tastes (don’t expect kebabs) and quality fresh produce. Beautiful interiors, interesting wine list and very good service. We paid around £60 per head. Not cheap but it's worth it.

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I was here for a business lunch. The food and the wine was great. Dishes were delicious and well presented. Décor is relaxing and stylish. The wait staff were nice and knew the menu well. 5 big stars for everything. I will come again.

N
London
7 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Food was pretty good! I suggest you go there early since some plates seem to run out after 10! Great service and ambience

P
London
13 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall3food5service1ambience3

The food in Yeni is absolutely amazing, we really loved it. Again!!! However, the service and staff (apart from Gloria) are truly and utterly useless. 7 staff running around for 15 or so tables and they still managed to completely ignore us, never look over to the tables and see if something is needed, walk around and don’t pick anything up that is empty. It takes forever to get a glass of wine; first they don’t see that you are waving at them, then it takes forever to actually get it. Far from actually coming over to ask if we want something. They deliver the sharing dishes with some mumble so it is hard to understand what is being delivered. Tea without spoons, no sugar and it took 10 minutes to get some milk. We also fell into the after mains abyss, nobody even came over for 15 minutes, we had to almost tackle them to get the menu. A Diet Coke that never arrived and was still on the bill. Stuff like that. They are just not trained at all it seems. The thing that annoyed a lot too was the very smal measure of wine that you get with the open wines. Even my cava (although it says small on the menu) was less than 1/2 of the glass. Who by the way has ever heard of a small glass of cava? That’s just silly. And it costs the same as a full glass in other places.

I asked them to take the service charge off and until Gloria came back to take payment they didn’t even ask ‘why’. Just no clue and then she apologised that they had a staff shortage. Be that as it may, it didn’t take away from the really bad work the remaining staff were doing and as mentioned there were plenty of them. We got a vague promise of a cocktail if we would come back and email her beforehand.

All in all great food but don’t expect proper service, you get more attention at a drive through. And it is just too expensive for that. We will give it one more chance maybe. Service needs to significantly improve (and it wasn’t just us who were struggling) and the wine glasses need to be fuller.

J
London
21 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Really interesting modern Turkish food. Loved the herb fritters, fried feta with honey & hazelnuts, super-soft slow-cooked beef ribs and spicy-salty lamb sausage. Noisy and busy but energetic rather than unpleasant. Very attentive staff. Slightly too-attentive for me TBH. Overall - so many intense and delicious flavours. Not cheap.

o
London
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, great chef a must go! Definitely recommend

AH
London
3 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience4

Bland and ridiculously overpriced food and slow service. Would not recommend.

KF
London
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall1food1service3ambience3

Although the location of this restaurant is nice, I cannot recommend it given the ridiculous prices for extremely small and salty tapas.

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Incredible food! Dreadful service - spilled drinks over us, candle wax over my friends expensive bag and didn’t apologise and were extremely slow to take orders. Didn’t offer an apology let alone compensation.

HR
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

AMAZING! All around from the food to the service, everything was five star. This was my second time and I will definitely be back.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely outstanding!

S
London
4 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Nice food but a bit pricey for the restaurant and quantity!

LD
London
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible spot, amazing food, unique wine list and top staff.

CL
London
14 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Yeni has Turkish food unlike any I've had before -- really distinctive flavors, like green apple and snow peas, all very fresh and light. We loved the food and wine. The waiters were able to give us the information we needed to understand the menu, and service was swift. The room is noisy, and we had to raise our voices to hear each other. Otherwise, really great, and I will be back

M
London
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was fabulous. We ate the beef rib and the lamb shank after having several small plates. All were very original and super tasty. Staff were friendly and professional. We had an amazing experience and can’t wait to return.

DM
London
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall2food4service4ambience4

I liked the food, the atmosphere and the service. But the food portions are very small which made me leave the venue hungry. I will not visit again.