Dishes are generously portioned and well executed, and the Taverna has a loyal following with a high proportion of high-scoring online reviews and staff frequently praised for their welcome and courtesy. Named after the owner’s late mother, Shirley, it is housed in a restored 16th century building in the historic Barbican area of Plymouth and is open seven days a week. It offers a mix of Turkish and Greek food.
Among the dishes are the chef’s special garlic mushrooms (£5.20) and the moussaka (£13.00), along with a Turkish style omelette topped with natural yoghurt and a red pepper paste butter, and chicken, potatoes and peppers oven-baked in a clay dish (£14.00). Whole sea bass (£15.50) and tilapia are cooked to order - and you can request the head to be removed before it is serving. They also serve a traditional Turkish breakfast, including Turkish cay (tea) and specially imported Turkish delight.