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Exploring the Delectable Turkish Pastry: Börek at Uncommon

Updated: Jun 23

Nestled in the heart of London, Uncommon Tate Modern is a culinary gem that offers a delightful fusion of gourmet treats, and fresh produce. Among their tempting selections, one dish stands out as a true embodiment of Turkish and Eastern European culinary heritage: the mouthwatering börek.

Börek is a savory pastry that has been a staple in Turkish, Middle Eastern and East European cuisine for centuries. Its flaky layers of phyllo dough envelop a variety of fillings, ranging from cheese and spinach to meat and potatoes. Borek is a versatile dish can be enjoyed as a snack, appetizer, or even a main course, making it a beloved choice for any occasion.

Börek is part of the cuisine of many Mediterranean countries, and can be called "Byrek" "burek", "borek", or "spanakopita".

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Borek London SE1

The Art of Börek

The beauty of börek lies in its simplicity and the artistry of its preparation. The process begins with meticulously layering paper-thin sheets of phyllo dough, brushing each layer with melted butter or olive oil to create a delicate, crispy texture. The filling, whether it's a blend of feta and spinach or a hearty mixture of ground meat and spices, is then carefully tucked between the layers.

Once assembled, the börek is baked to golden perfection, allowing the flavors to meld and the pastry to achieve its signature flaky crust. The result is a delectable treat that tantalizes the senses with its aroma, texture, and taste.

Borek - A Recipe to Savor

If you're eager to experience the authentic flavors of börek, here's a recipe that will transport you to the vibrant streets of Istanbul:

Come try it at Uncommon London SE1 or here is a simple recipe where you can try and make it for yourself, but only once you have tried ours!

Spinach and Feta Börek


- 1 package of phyllo dough, thawed according to package instructions

- 1 cup crumbled feta cheese

- 1 bunch of fresh spinach, washed and chopped

- 1 onion, finely diced

- 2 cloves of garlic, minced

- 1 egg, beaten

- 1/2 cup melted butter or olive oil

- Salt and pepper to taste


1. Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C).

2. In a skillet, sauté the onion and garlic until fragrant. Add the spinach and cook until wilted. Remove from heat and let cool slightly.

3. In a bowl, mix the spinach mixture with the feta cheese, egg, and salt and pepper.

4. Lay one sheet of phyllo dough on a flat surface and brush with melted butter or olive oil. Repeat with 5-6 more sheets, stacking them on top of each other.

5. Spread the spinach and feta filling evenly over the phyllo stack, leaving a 1-inch border around the edges.

6. Carefully roll the börek into a tight spiral, starting from one of the short sides.

7. Place the spiral on a baking sheet and brush the top with melted butter or olive oil.

8. Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until the börek is golden brown and crispy.

9. Let cool slightly before slicing and serving.

Whether you enjoy Borek as a savory breakfast treat or a delightful afternoon snack, börek is sure to delight your taste buds with its rich flavors and flaky texture. So, why not indulge in this Turkish delicacy at Uncommon Tate Modern and embark on a culinary journey like no other?

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Uncommon Tate Modern is a gourmet deli, cafe, and bar located near the iconic Tate Modern art gallery in London Bankside SE1. Here are a few compelling reasons why people should visit this establishment:

1. Artisanal Food and Produce: Uncommon Tate Modern prides itself on offering a curated selection of gourmet treats, fresh produce, and high-quality ingredients. From freshly baked pastries and outstanding coffees to a tempting array of meats, cheeses, and wines, it's a haven for food enthusiasts and those seeking exceptional culinary experiences.[1]

2. Convenient London Location: Situated in the heart of London, near the renowned Tate Modern gallery, Uncommon Tate Modern is an ideal spot for visitors to the area. It provides a convenient and delightful respite for art lovers, tourists, and locals alike, offering a chance to refuel and indulge in delectable fare.

3. Unique Dining Experience: With its inviting atmosphere and commitment to quality, Uncommon Tate Modern offers a unique dining experience. Whether you're grabbing a quick bite, enjoying a leisurely meal, or stocking up on gourmet provisions, the establishment promises a memorable culinary journey.

4. Support for Independent Local Brands: Uncommon Tate Modern showcases and supports independent brands, providing a platform for local and artisanal producers to shine. By visiting, you not only indulge in exceptional products but also contribute to the vibrant food and beverage community in London.

5. Culinary Exploration: With its diverse offerings and commitment to quality, Uncommon Tate Modern encourages culinary exploration. From trying new flavours and ingredients to discovering hidden gems from independent producers, it's a destination for those seeking to expand their gastronomic horizons.

Uncommon Tate Modern offers a unique and elevated culinary experience, combining gourmet delights, fresh produce, and a commitment to quality and independent brands, all conveniently located near one of London's most iconic cultural attractions.

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