I've been going to Sofra for years, and continue to do so. Great food, reasonable prices, good service, good variety.
A couple of disturbing things though, and I'm mentioning this so that the management can do something about it:
Portions and prices: Recently the prices went up slightly, that is understandable. But when one of my favourite dishes, the Chef's Plate, became smaller at the same time, that is Not A Good Thing. At the very least it should be the same size if you're charging more.
Used to be that I could barely finish the Chef's Plate; the last two times I had it I came away still hungry.
Management - your response please.
Cleanliness: Sofra is a clean place. However, one time I went, probably around November of 2011, I went to the cash register to pick up my change, and I saw on the wall behind the register, which leads to the kitchen, 4 or 5 cockroaches scrambling around. It was shocking, and as that was in plain sight where the staff are all day, they had to know.
As a result I as really put off on the place and didn't return for a few months.
Last time I went, a couple of weeks ago, I checked and didn't see it, I just hope they did a good job of getting rid of them.
Management - your response please.
Save you money on food and service that you can get here at Sofra. My worst experience on Turkish food and beyond that the SERVICE.
The restaurant was totally empty (have always seen it like that especially during lunch) and you'd see signs of Reserved on every table. You can't get a table of your choice more so nobody came up while we were there and the stewardess very smilingly said a big party is awaited ...lol
Crew REALLY REALLY gives a d*** to whether you like the food or not. We left 90% of what we ordered and they were shameless in giving us vouchers of 10$ discount on next time. They didnt even care to know if the food was under expectations.
Veg Kebab - Unluckily we ordered veg Kebab, which is no where near to Kebab, it was a vegetable mixture looking like rissoto
Soup - No where even miles lose to how Turkish soup is.
Chicken Kebabs - Tooo spicy
Service - Crew would stand on your head and keep staring at you, laughing, (found that wierd)
No doubts this restaurant is a defunct place and no wonder if they are making any money considering the HORRENDOUS SERVICE and food they are offering.
Having food there might as well give you a not so good impression on what Turkish food, and might not be fair.
Turkish food is to die for, go to a better and known place.
Sofra is the Turkish word for table located in a comfy corner in town. You can sip a cup of relaxing turkish tea while enjoying the renown hospitality from the dedicated kitchen crew, all of whom hail from turkey. It is located on the second floor of Shaw Towers which gives you a great view of the bustling street. It is a about a 3 minute walk from Bugis MRT.Checking out the menu, you will realize the exotic foods of Turkey mainly come with bread or rice and for protein, you can pick from Chicken, Lamb, Beef or a mix of these 3 meats.
The restaurant ambiance is comforting and cosy. The atmosphere has a Mediterranean feel with soft Turkish music playing in the background and an open concept kitchen with a see through window where you can see how the kebab is prepared.
If you like meat, you will feel quite at home over here.They have quite a huge dining area and there were big families coming in to dine on a saturday night.
1. Pretty Dolly $4.90++
The Pretty Doll was a lemon soda that tasted like a lemon flavoured sprite. Nothing fancy to be honest. I would rather get the Sofra Mocktail which had almonds, plums and pistachios in the drink for $5.20++. Nonetheless it was still an interesting drink to test out.
2. Turkish Bread and Humus $2.90++ + $5.90++
I love bread with dips and this Turkish Bread was shaped like a UFO dish and steam was still piping out as it was served to us. The thickness of the bread was just right and it reminded me of my trip to Israel for weeks we ate hummus and pita!
3. Jumbo Kebap Combo $38.90
The Jumbo Kebap Combo is great for those that love their meat but can't quite decide what to get.
The meat is served to you on skewers hot off the grill. When it arrives, our jaws drop. Sword, candle, flowers, all the works. It certainly has that wow factor doesn't it?
This Jumbo combo comes with various kinds of kebab, or kebap in Turkish, including shish and döner. This dish can be quite initimidating too! While the menu advertises this as being a platter for two, the generous portion makes it large enough to feed three adults.
The eggplant kebap was a roasted SWORD of eggplant and minced beef. It was an actual stainless steel turkish sword that the wait staff would gladly get it out of your way, in case you hurt yourself with it!
4. Shish Kebap (Lamb/Beef) $18.50++ per choice of meat
And it wouldn't be a Turkish meal without Shish Kebap (Kebab/kebap) would it?
5. Chef Platter $22.80
The Chef Platter is a combination plate consisting of Doner Kebap, Izgara Kofte and a skewer of Shish Kebap . The mixed beef and lamb was tender and juicy and so was the chicken!
All in all, great service and great food. The ambience is truly exotic and you can have a fun time. I witnessed several groups of people celebrating birthdays at Sofra.
We braced ourselves for their poor services when we came here for dinner. Maybe because we were here at 6pm and we were only one of two tables occupied, service was ok. Not the warmest expected but no bad. We had a Chef Platter to share and the meat slices though they looked very dry, they were full of flavour in your mouth! Very very good!!! We also has their Hummus which was also very good with the Turkish Bread. Roasted Eggplant Salad turned out to be a cold dish and we kinda didn't expect it. It's not bad but I won't order it again. I had the Sultan Kebab which I didn't realize it was with that much cheese. I loved the cheese and stewed meat combo. Hubby had the Pide which is essentially a Turkish pizza I guess. He enjoyed it. Two of my friends had the Chicken Baked Rice and they liked how cheesy and creamy it was, with a generous amount of grilled chicken meat that's with good flavour. We enjoyed the Chef Platter the most in the end and would probably get that...one for each one of us! Haha
A nice cosy and quiet restaurant. Food was alright but poor service. Drinks were not served after the order was placed. Servers were not friendly nor helpful. Will not recommend unless you have lots of patience and tolerance for slow and poor service.