Roza, CM16 4AP
- 01992 571440
- 238-240 Epping High Street, CM16 4AP
Turkish restaurant in Epping.
It was previously known as Pivaz, part of a group with other branches in Hackney and Brentwood. However, this one was sold to a different owner in mid-2020, and changed its name to Roza around the same time. We haven't visited since the rebrand, and so some or all of the details below may be out of date.
It has a interesting interior with several different areas. The decor is upmarket without being pretentious, and detailed without being garish. Near the entrance is a red velvet banquette area, with small tables set near the windows. The space leads around here past a bar with half a dozen bar stools and a couple of little tucked away cubbyholes for a more private experience. Finally there's a larger dining space with a semi-open kitchen at the back, seating around 36 on comfortably-padded blue velour chairs and banquettes.
Kake visited on a Friday lunchtime in June 2017. There were quite a few people in when I arrived around 12:30pm, more than half-filling the largest dining space, and by 1pm this space was almost full. Some sort of music was playing, but it was very quiet and entirely drowned out by conversation.
I went for one of their breakfast/brunch dishes: menemen (eggs scrambled with tomatoes) with feta (£8 including bread plus £2 for the feta) photo. I'd never had this dish before, so I don't know how this version compares to others, but I thought it was pretty good. The eggs had a relatively loose texture which was good for scooping up with the accompanying fresh, soft flatbread. They were well seasoned too, and had a good tomato flavour. The feta came in large cubes mixed in with the eggs, which worked well; I did suspect it might have got a bit samey without that addition.
Service was welcoming and efficient. Tap water was brought on request, in a jug which was poured for me and then taken away again, though it wasn't too hard to get their attention for a refill later. No service charge was added to the bill.
Child-friendliness: They have at least one highchair (without tray). There were several children in on our visit, ranging from a baby to a couple of preschoolers.
Accessibility: It looks flat at the entrance, but there's a step just inside. The toilets and some of the seating are on the same level, and there's another step to the largest dining area. The ladies' is a single fair-sized cubicle, though the door opens inwards.