Babaji: Turkish pizza & mezze by Alan Yau, in the most stylish of settings

Alan Yau is best known for defining the London Chinese restaurant scene, from Wagamama to Yauatcha to Hakkasan to Duck + Rice.  But with this restaurant, he’s certainly gone off on a tangent – thanks in part to his Turkish wife (and occasional business partner), and possibly also influenced by his trips to Istanbul where the first non-UK branch of Hakkasan is located.  This is Babaji Pide Salonu, a “Turkish pizza joint”, on the corner of Wardour Street and Shaftesbury Avenue.
Babaji: Turkish pizza & mezze by Alan Yau, in the most stylish of settings - a welcome addition to the Shaftesbury/Chinatown area of London | Recommended by HYHOI.com: Have You Heard Of It? | A curation of design-led hotspots around the world - tried, tested and tasted
Peer in through the windows to see the bright blue tiled interior, a huge domed pizza oven and traditionally dressed servers.  I highly recommend stepping inside.
Babaji: Turkish pizza & mezze by Alan Yau, in the most stylish of settings - a welcome addition to the Shaftesbury/Chinatown area of London | Recommended by HYHOI.com: Have You Heard Of It? | A curation of design-led hotspots around the world - tried, tested and tasted
Babaji: Turkish pizza & mezze by Alan Yau, in the most stylish of settings - a welcome addition to the Shaftesbury/Chinatown area of London | Recommended by HYHOI.com: Have You Heard Of It? | A curation of design-led hotspots around the world - tried, tested and tasted
Pide (pronounced ‘pee-day’) are elliptical, pizza-like dishes (our favourite was a goat’s cheese, pepper and walnut combination, ~£8), pre-sliced into handy bite-sized chunks, and delicious with a couple of traditional Turkish mezzes or salads on the side (think smoky aubergine, calamari, houmous or tomato and pomegranate salad).
Pide oven @ Babaji: Turkish pizza & mezze by Alan Yau, in the most stylish of settings - a welcome addition to the Shaftesbury/Chinatown area of London | Recommended by HYHOI.com: Have You Heard Of It? | A curation of design-led hotspots around the world - tried, tested and tasted
Pide @ Babaji: Turkish pizza & mezze by Alan Yau, in the most stylish of settings - a welcome addition to the Shaftesbury/Chinatown area of London | Recommended by HYHOI.com: Have You Heard Of It? | A curation of design-led hotspots around the world - tried, tested and tasted
Moussaka @ Babaji: Turkish pizza & mezze by Alan Yau, in the most stylish of settings - a welcome addition to the Shaftesbury/Chinatown area of London | Recommended by HYHOI.com: Have You Heard Of It? | A curation of design-led hotspots around the world - tried, tested and tasted
The downstairs may look small, but there’s an upstairs dining room as well, accessed via the blue tiled stairway.  Be sure to check out the loos too – the blue hue continues, and I think they’re the most beautiful bathrooms I’ve been in for a while!
Upstairs @ Babaji: Turkish pizza & mezze by Alan Yau, in the most stylish of settings - a welcome addition to the Shaftesbury/Chinatown area of London | Recommended by HYHOI.com: Have You Heard Of It? | A curation of design-led hotspots around the world - tried, tested and tasted
Bathrooms @ Babaji: Turkish pizza & mezze by Alan Yau, in the most stylish of settings - a welcome addition to the Shaftesbury/Chinatown area of London | Recommended by HYHOI.com: Have You Heard Of It? | A curation of design-led hotspots around the world - tried, tested and tasted
Bathrooms @ Babaji: Turkish pizza & mezze by Alan Yau, in the most stylish of settings - a welcome addition to the Shaftesbury/Chinatown area of London | Recommended by HYHOI.com: Have You Heard Of It? | A curation of design-led hotspots around the world - tried, tested and tasted
Babaji is a world away from the other tourist traps in the Shaftesbury Avenue/Chinatown vicinity.  Thanks to its stylish décor, traditional menu (everything that’s listed sounds totally delicious) and reasonable pricing (lunch for two [no alcohol] was around £35), I’m eager to get back again soon.
Ground floor @ Babaji: Turkish pizza & mezze by Alan Yau, in the most stylish of settings - a welcome addition to the Shaftesbury/Chinatown area of London | Recommended by HYHOI.com: Have You Heard Of It? | A curation of design-led hotspots around the world - tried, tested and tasted
Bajaba Pide
www.babaji.com.tr
53 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, W1D 6LB
Instagram @BabajiPideSalonu