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5.2 /6 Excellent 119 Reviews

Fora – City of London

Aldgate Mediterranean £££ +100
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About Fora – City of London

One of London’s favourite Mediterranean restaurants, Fora is an upscale establishment serving the very best of this exotic cuisine to the City’s discerning diners. Far more than the usual fast food kebab joints that many ignorantly associate with Turkish food in London, Fora uses healthy ingredients and traditional Middle Eastern cooking methods to create dishes that are fresh, delicious and satisfying. Located on Houndsditch close to Aldgate tube station, this lovely restaurant is your key to the flavours of Istanbul and beyond.

Opening Hours

  • Monday 10:00 - 23:30
  • Tuesday 11:00 - 23:30
  • Wednesday 11:00 - 23:30
  • Thursday 11:00 - 23:30
  • Friday 11:00 - 23:30
  • Saturday 11:00 - 23:30
  • Sunday Closed
Fora – City of London, 34-36 Houndsditch, EC3A 7DB London

Further Information

The concept of Fora is relatively cut and dry – that’s serving up delicious authentic Mediterranean and Turkish food made with the best produce and ingredients from exquisute oremnises in the heart of the City of London, moments from Aldgate. The folks behind this distinguished restaurant on Houndsditch take pride in affording you the luxury of kicking back in an appropriately luxurious atmosphere whose Middle Eastern spirit very much matches the dishes offered. Offering a fine dining restaurant experience as well as great service, Fora is a wonderful place to enjoy and discover the cuisines of Turkey, the Levant and more.

Adding to the attraction of the restaurant’s prime Aldgate-based address down Houndsditch, Fora hosts special events such as Arabic belly dancing entertainment and, further, you’ll also find attractive offers and special menus for the holidays. Planning a special occasion? The staff at Fora’s restaurant is more than happy to assist with their experience in party planning and cooking. Whether you’re planning for anniversary parties or dinners for a large group, award ceremonies or cocktail parties – you, your nearest and dearest plus this peerless Turkish and Mediterranean restaurant in the City of London are perfect partners for unforgettable occasions.


119 Reviews

5.2 /6 Excellent 119 Reviews
Service: extraordinary
Waiting Time: no waiting time
Quality/Price: cheap
Noise: quiet
Food: heavenly
Atmosphere: entertaining
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2 reviews so far 6
16.08.2017 08:50

Fantastic as always! Great food and good service. We go there quite often and usually opt for the 'Healthy meal'. This gives a good range of food (too much if anything!) and is very good value.

1 review so far 6
08.08.2017 09:41

Brilliant atmosphere and food, the mixed grill was recommend and the meat was amazing. The service was also great and the prices very reasonable considering the amount of food and quality. Will be returning ;)

1 review so far 6
07.08.2017 09:15

Amazing food with attentive staff members. I went to Fora with a friend for dinner, the restaurant has a good ambience and the food was very nice.

3 reviews so far 6
26.07.2017 15:42

Every time I have been to Fora is has always been excellent. Food is fantastic, staff are friendly, polite and professional. Decent choice of wines, beers etc.

4 reviews so far 5
13.03.2017 09:03

I still love this place, the food is always good and it represents good value for money although the drinks prices seem to have gone up recently. It still lacks the personal touch and warmth that it used to have (when Bella was the Manager) although the staff are efficient. One word of warning though - I don't know what prompted me to ask but after years of being a loyal customer on this visit I asked the waiting staff if they actually receive the service charge (which on this occasion was very high as we were a group with a large bill) - I was told that no they do not - the owners keep it ! It is a pet hate of mine when greedy restaurant owners keep the service charge and I certainly will never pay service charge here again, if indeed I go back - the Haz on Bishopsgate is as good as here for food, price and atmosphere and unless there are a few changes at Fora I may switch my loyalty.

1 review so far 6
06.04.2017 08:54

Excellent food and very good service. My reservation for a table of 7 (lunchtime) was made through Quandoo, however the restaurant had not received it and we were not booked in. No fuss was made and a table was quickly made available for us. Although no gluten free menu was available, I was given options by the waitress who checked my selection with the chef. The food was well presented and well priced. The atmosphere was great and we thoroughly enjoyed our meal.

1 review so far 6
05.02.2016 19:38

Incredible food, service, atmosphere & entertainment! Rarely have I had such a fine dining experience as much as I have had in Fora. But everything here was top notch; the starters, main, dessert and wine were all to die for. Wonderful Turkish/Meditteranean cuisine. Returning soon with my parents in tow so they can experience Fora for themselves.

2 reviews so far 6
16.12.2016 13:28

Been to this restaurant for lunch a couple of times previously. I love it. The food is great and the service is as you would expect. It has always been near full on all my visits which is a good sign and have been well looked after despite it being busy. Will be back.

1 review so far 6
11.02.2017 13:13

Lovely food , lovely service. We had first party menu , all single food was delicious. Set menu has glass of sparkling wine , which was lovely also if you not drink , you can get a soft drinks. Also I would change some thing in my main and they did very kindly.

1 review so far 6
28.05.2016 13:34

Delicious food! I have been to Fora twice and each time I was satisfied. Portions are decent and prices affordable. Good for meat eateres and vegetarians. My favourites are mixed grilled sea food and monk fish kebab. The waiter serving us during my birthday dinner was very patient and discreet. Excellent service.

1 review so far 6
19.01.2015 10:01

The ambience was relaxed, food amazing and A* service. There was a guitarist playing relaxing music while we ate, which set the mood perfectly after a long week at work. All staff couldn't do enough for our table. Very happy with our choice of restaurant and will definitely go back again soon.

1 review so far 6
24.04.2016 08:33

The food was excellent, the service was great. We were eating at at four o'clock so not really lunch or dinner, the restaurant was quite. We had hallumi and also feta/spinach parcels to start and centic specials for mains. Can't fault any of the food and would recommend what we had.

1 review so far 6
18.10.2016 13:59

I went with a number of friends for a farewell party the food was delicious and plentiful as always. The restaurant accommodated us putting up a banner and balloon to say farewell to a friend on her travels . It s a favourite with the guys in the office too..

1 review so far 5
07.02.2017 15:16

nice food and friendly staff, would have been nice to have ad the set menu choice in the evening . my friend was disappointed that there there was NO TURKISH TEA available in a said Turkish restaurant !! I did like the treat of complimentary Baklava I got for my birthday with a candle for our table of 5 .

1 review so far 6
15.07.2016 08:42

I love Fora. I've never had a bad meal there - City lunchtime menu, Friday & Saturday evenings - always good. Even my husband who is very fussy enjoyed it. The staff are always friendly and efficient. Lots of choice and a good wine list. Please never change!

1 review so far 6
10.06.2016 09:22

The food was well presented, the flavours fresh and tasty and the portion size generous but not overbearing. There was a nice atmosphere which was complimented by a live guitar player. Overall an excellent dining experience and I look forward to going back there in the future.

1 review so far 6
21.03.2016 11:32

It my boyfriends surprise birthday party and I decided to pick a place that non of us has been to. And it did not disappoint us. All 11 guest was happy and we had a great time! Than you for making his birthday a memorable one.

1 review so far 6
06.12.2016 09:47

Very enjoyable evening. Great atmosphere, I was having dinner with a friend but there were Christmas parties going on. Every table had Christmas Crackers - great food, great service. Second time I have been there and will definitely go back and recommend it to others.

1 review so far 5
16.06.2016 07:36

The food was tasty, the service was fast and efficient and the portions were ample. The shared starter was a meal in itself! Unlike some of its peers in the city you also had some space around you - they did not simply crowd in as many tables as possible.

1 review so far 6
30.06.2017 12:13

These people are lovely! I arrived 30 minutes early and my guest arrived 20 minutes late, but they held the table for me, and were attentive and could not have been nicer. The food was also amazing when it came out!

1 review so far 5
28.04.2017 09:30

Myself and two friends went to Fora for an impromptu lunch as it's a stone's throw from the office. We weren't disappointed as the food, staff and the service, were all first rate. The lunchtime set menu is good value at £13.95 for two courses. Will definitely go back.

3 reviews so far 5
15.09.2016 07:25

Excellent seating plan and by that I mean there's enough distance between each table so you don't feel crammed in and you can hold a conversation without involving the people next to you. Great service and lovely food make this the ideal place for a business or romantic lunch.

1 review so far 6
23.10.2016 18:41

Whole meal was lovely. Liver and spicy sausage starters were the stand outs. Nice friendly service, reasonable pricing. Much better to come back to the City for dinner after a show than to be crammed into a mediocre theatreland restaurant.

1 review so far 6
08.04.2016 08:58

Great food, great wine, great service and all at a very reasonable price. The three of us had starters, main courses, desserts, one beer, two bottles of wine and a large Drambuie and the total cost was only £148. Bargain!!

1 review so far 6
19.02.2016 08:24

Delicious food. Good Service. Unlimited chilli sauce. Heaven! I've been to Fora at least 5 times now and I've never had a bad meal, busy lunch times or quieter evenings, the service is always good, and the food better.

1 review so far 5
12.02.2016 09:50

Very nice ambience, obviously a lot of returning customers who are well known to the staff. The tables are nicely laid with good quality cloths and napkins. The service was very good, the food came in large portions and was really delicious and is reasonably priced.

1 review so far 6
19.06.2016 19:37

This is my 3rd visit to Fora and it is a excellent restaurant with friendly staff and excellent food. The Turkish dancer and guitar player are a bonus on a Saturday night. would definitely recommend.

4 reviews so far 5
16.05.2016 09:17

2 people for lunch, seated and served without any delay, food arrived quickly and tasted delicious. Perfect for a business lunch as appreciative of the need to get in and out quicky but quality of meal doesn't suffer as a consequence.

4 reviews so far 5
08.08.2016 09:31

Nice way to spend a Friday night, good food, service and ambience. Love the guitar player. Tried lots of different cocktails and nothing was too much trouble. Half the table had the set menu and half a la carte, very accommodating.

2 reviews so far 5
23.05.2016 09:42

We really like the restaurant, the people there. The food is always great. This time I tried Moussaka, it was the only thing that I say wasn,t 100%, it wasn,t bad, but not in the same level as other foods.

1 review so far 6
14.06.2017 10:47

Great food and great service! The staff was very accommodating and the food was of very good quality! I had a very good time going for dinner here and will definitely come back.

3 reviews so far 5
07.08.2016 10:42

Good food with excellent service and no after smell, by that I mean my clothes didn't stink of cooking with other similar restaurants people know where you have been without saying a word. Highly recommend and very reasonably priced.

1 review so far 6
23.03.2016 11:15

Absolute delight. The food and service were exceptional, highly recommended for those looking for reasonably priced and great value for money meals in a relaxed but very clean restaurant with friendly staff

3 reviews so far 6
07.12.2016 09:21

Excellent as usual, none of my guests had been before, one was sceptical of trying Turkish but really liked it. He said it must be in the top 15 restaurants in London.

1 review so far 6
13.10.2016 08:33

Delicious, interesting food with good selections of wine by the glass. Solo guitarist was a pleasant addition to the experience. Dinner value was excellent. Wine a bit on the high side.

2 reviews so far 6
14.06.2017 09:13

I have been several times and it is always fantastic. Try the 'Healthy Meal' - very good value and delicious. We call it the 'Happy Meal' - it makes us happy!

1 review so far 1
17.12.2016 08:05

I have been to this restaurant before and thought the food was delicious, so I booked it again for an early dinner with my family, including two young children after a trip to see Santa. Having paid for a taxi across London I was upset by what I found this time. It was only just past 18:00 and they had very loud music and a large drunk party who were all stood around the restaurant drinking and shouting (they continued to serve them beer after they left their table so they were all stood around the tables). We sat at our table but it was kind of like we were sat on a table trying to have a meal in the middle of a cheesy bar. I know it's the season for the office party, but I thought I might avoid that with the early meal. I think it would have been nice to know first as we did say we had kids with us. We had to leave, and ended up having to eat M&S snacks on the train home, so a very disappointing evening.

2 reviews so far 6
14.02.2016 11:25

What a gem of a find! Delicious food, very friendly staff, amazing live guitarist and belly dancer! Thank you Fora for making my birthday dinner very special and enjoyable :)))

6 reviews so far 6
28.04.2015 09:40

Food fantastic, staff great, will go again and recommend to others, great two course city menu, very reasonable!! I hear the evening is really good so must go (belly dancers)!!

1 review so far 6
10.01.2016 14:59

A very nice restaurant, with lovely decor and nice atmosphere. Service was great and friendly. And the added bonus of some belly-dancing entertainment to bring some laughter to the night.

1 review so far 6
20.03.2017 10:45

Great food & service at a great price. Would definitely visit again. The portions were huge and the freshly made bread and humus was fantastic. Chicken Guvech was tasty too.

1 review so far 6
18.08.2016 08:08

great food and great service. plus nice live music. try their iskander kebab and hummus with meat. Loads of options for veggies as well. My time had a great time.

1 review so far 6
25.02.2016 09:20

Super food, lovely relaxed atmosphere and great service. Would recommend to family and friends. Always have a lovely evening at Fora. Best turkish food and service in the City!

1 review so far 6
24.07.2017 09:33

Fora has really lovely food, the city menu is really good value for money. The restaurant has a nice environment, music playing & the staff are friendly and attentive.

6 reviews so far 6
11.04.2017 14:42

Fora is a stones throw from my office, and ably catered for a team of 6 of us on short notice. Food very tasty and service friendly but efficient.

1 review so far 5
25.01.2016 07:34

Both food and service Always very good. We will be returning to this gem soon. Word of warning though don't eat too much bread as you'll be too full to enjoy main course :)

1 review so far 6
23.03.2016 08:57

I went to Fora for a business lunch and I must say I really like Fora. The staff were very helpful and the food was beautiful!! Definately recommended!!

2 reviews so far 6
12.10.2016 16:07

Great place, amazing music, friendly people and really good food. The best cold and hot meze and Turkish delight ever. Always bringing more friends to introduce this restaurant.

1 review so far 6
20.09.2016 13:28

As usual we had good food and good service on our visit. Generous portions and good choice on the menu although very difficult to beat the set meals.

2 reviews so far 6
28.12.2014 19:52

Fantastic food and good service throughout. Would highly recommend this restuarent. there is also a piano player on some days which makes it a warm and relaxing enviroment.