Monday, 16 June 2008


We watched the Turkey v Czech Republic showdown in Tas Ev, just off The Cut near Southwark tube station.

There wasn't much support at the beginning of the game - just us lot from the Euro2008InLondon blog, the bar staff and a few others. The bar staff asked us who we were supporting, and when we replied "Turkey" they were quick to tell us that we were free to support the Czechs if we wanted!

We chose wisely, however, sticking with the Turks even when they were 2-0 down with 15 minutes to go. It's being referred to as the greatest European Championships match ever, which isn't too far off the mark. In the last 20 minutes the Czechs hit the post to narrowly miss making it 3-0, then Turkey scored three to win it without even needing penalties, including my goal of the tournament from Nihat, and then of course the Turkey goalkeeper needlessly got himself sent off - presumably just to run the clock down. What a game!

The bar filled out as the game progressed and the crowd got gradually more vociferous. In the second half Turkey were dominant, which spurred on the supporters, and of course the comeback, when it did arrive, was greeted by increasing cheers as the goals went in.

The food was great too. I had a steak as big as the table, others had the equally generous lamb (pictured right).

Much Efes beer was consumed and the deserts were certainly unconventional but lovely.

This Kazandibi (milk,mazaki (pine resin),rose-water,lemon rind,corn flour) doesn't look to appetising but was really delicious:

All in all a great game and a great venue.

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