Sofra is another place I didn’t want to go to, and I whined and complained about it. I am a delightful person to be friends with, I really am. But Sofra (1) didn’t have service (!!!!); and (2) DIDN’T HAVE BACON. WHAT KIND OF BREAKFAST PLACE DOESN’T HAVE BACON? A SUSPICIOUS ONE.
But, as usual, ignore me, because SOFRA WAS AWESOME. An extremely unusual and unique choice for breakfast in the Boston area, and it ended up being one of my favorites.
It’s very small and crowded, although there is a parking lot. I recommend going, if you can, on a day when you can sit outside, where there’s a bit more room. The tables aren’t really tables, in that they’re so low that you have to lean over them to get at your food, in a bit of a crouch. The effect is rather like eating on your lap. However, even with all that, Sofra is definitely worth it. The food is phenomenal.
The bakery is Eastern Mediterranean, and it has a ton of baked goods tempting you, so even though you’ve ordered breakfasts, you can’t help but also want one of those delicious baked goods, too.
The tart was the “seasonal fruit tart,” which happened to be rhubarb, and it was DELICIOUS, the pastry extremely flaky and buttery. There was a seed on the cinnamon-roll-looking thing that I didn’t care for, alas, and I don’t think I tried the pound-cake-looking thing, because I’m not usually a big fan of pound cake.
S and I, not being adventurous, both got the egg sandwich, which was the most recognizable thing on the menu and the only thing with BACON. It was very different–the cheese was a different type than you would get on an American egg sandwich–but extremely delicious, slightly sharper than a traditional egg sandwich.
My friend H tagged along for this brunch, and she had this, which was something with yogurt and chorizo. I admit I have no idea what the rest of the dish was, but she said it was delicious.
L had the traditional Turkish breakfast. It was fascinating. It was like a little plate full of things that didn’t look as if they should go together but were apparently delicious. That was thick yogurt with some kind of sweet sauce, cucumbers and olives, and fried feta (which I tried and was AMAZING). And that thing on the left, that looks like a bird’s nest?
LOOK, IT WAS A SOFT-BOILED EGG. I loved this breakfast place, for me it was like eating inside Alice in Wonderland. I thoroughly enjoyed it. And the best part of all?
The iced tea. I don’t remember what it was called now, which is a huge shame, but it’s the special iced tea they have there, you’ll see it on the menu. It’s got a long list of ingredients that don’t necessarily sound like they will taste the way this iced tea tastes. But this iced tea is fabulous. It doesn’t taste anything like iced tea. It tastes like sunshine, a bright explosion on your tongue. Most light iced teas taste a lot like Arnold Palmers. This one doesn’t. It’s an extremely light and flavorful iced tea that doesn’t taste like it was watered down with lemonade. Trust me, this iced tea alone is worth the journey out to Sofra. You won’t regret it.
Scope of Menu: 2 out of 5 (let’s face it, it’s a very limited menu)
Taste of Food: 5 out of 5 (everything we had here was delicious. Especially that iced tea)
Ambience: 3 out of 5 (it really is a bit crowded. Everyone’s very friendly, but it’s probably a better take-out place)