Çiya Sofrası

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Turkish, Vegetarian options
$$$$ Average price: TRY 22-52
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Güneşli Bahçe Sk. No:43
Istanbul, İstanbul, Turkey
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After watching Surp Takavor Church, have a meal at Çiya Sofrası. The menu of Turkish cuisine provides authentic food at this restaurant. Many visitors come to try mouthwatering turkey, braised lamb and lamb kebabs. The chef at Çiya Sofrası cooks good yogurt, baklava and halo halo. Delicious wine, beer or Kir will make your meal better and you'll certainly come back. Great tea, juice or coffee are among the tastiest drinks to degust.

The great location of this place makes it easy to reach by any transport. This spot is recommended for the energetic staff. The spectacular service is something these restaurateurs care about. You are to be pleasantly impressed with attractive prices at this restaurant. The fancy decor and quiet ambiance let guests feel relaxed here. In their reviews, Zomato users assign Çiya Sofrası a rating of 4.3.

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Must eat every dish in this restaurant.
There's a few reasons to go to the Asia side of Istanbul - to view Sultanahmet from the ferry, to wander through the food markets, to get away from the hordes of tourists, and lastly to eat at Ciya. Before the easily accessible days of tourist Google maps, I didn't know where Ciya actually was within the Asia side. After asking in a bakery and confusing them with my mispronunciation, we eventually worked it out (it's pronounced "chi-ya") down the road. I didn't realise there are actually two branches of this and there wasn't any information online back then on the difference. Apparently the full restaurant is better than the kebab one (as I recently read in 2017), but I'm sure both are ok.
I love exploring food, and when we were in Istanbul this last time, I read about this place in a magazine. My mother-in-law cooks very delicious traditional Turkish food so it's a challenge to eat out something different other than fast food. This is a place where they serve Anatolian food which is very different than Turkish food, even though they use the same ingredients and base foods. We had the lamb stuffed artichoke, the rooster, and another vegetable dish. The rooster was a sort of esme or hummus like dish which was different but a bit bland compared to all the other dishes we had. We were left hungry so we ordered a kabob with pistachios that was amazing. The vegetarian lahmacun also was a bit bland but I am comparing to traditional meat lahmacun. Just get the real thing.
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Güneşli Bahçe Sk. No:43, Istanbul, İstanbul, Turkey
Features
Outdoor seating Сredit cards accepted No delivery Booking Takeaway TV
Opening hours
SundaySun 11:00-22:00
MondayMon 11:00-22:00
TuesdayTue 11:00-22:00
WednesdayWed 11:00-22:00
ThursdayThu 11:00-22:00
FridayFri 11:00-22:00
SaturdaySat 11:00-22:00

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