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Published 07/06/2016

Fodor's Review

Three no-frills branches on the same street comprise one of Istanbul's most popular foodie destinations, and the reputation is well deserved. Chef-owner Musa Dağdeviren, who hails from the southeastern Turkish city of Gaziantep, is something of a culinary anthropologist, serving recipes from around Turkey that you're unlikely to find elsewhere. His original venue, Çiya Sofrası, is known for its selection of seasonal and daily specials—both meat-based and vegetarian—featuring unusual flavor combinations. Equally memorable desserts include candied olives, tomatoes, or eggplant, served with sweet clotted cream. Nearby Çiya Kebap offers a range of top-notch kebabs along with the home-style dishes, while Çiya Kebap 2 just does kebabs. (If the restaurants aren't busy, though, they'll usually let you cross-order.) Alcohol is only served at Çiya Sofrası; at the other locations, try the şerbet, a traditional drink made from various fruits.

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Güneşlibahçe Sok. 43, Kadıköy, Istanbul, Istanbul, 34710, Turkey

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216-330–3190-Çiya Sofrası


Published 07/06/2016


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