Akdeniz Hatay Sofrası

Price guide: Mid-range

Ahmediye Caddesi No. 44/A, Fatih, Istanbul

Price guide: Mid-range

Akdeniz Hatay Sofrası

By Jennifer Hattam, your Istanbul expert

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#8 of 40
expert-rated restaurants in Istanbul
Expert overall rating:4.7 out of 5
Food and drink:
4.7
4.7
Ambience:
3.9
3.9
Service:
4.4
4.4
Location:
3.8
3.8
Value for money:
4.6
4.6
Recommended for:
Families with younger children, Foodies, People watching

Expert review of Akdeniz Hatay Sofrası

An always-satisfying taste of south-eastern Turkish cooking in Istanbul.

With its spicy meats and more Middle Eastern-infused tastes, the cuisine of south-eastern Turkey is justly among the country’s most famous, and for my money, nobody in Istanbul does it better than this restaurant established by a family from the Hatay region.

Food and drink: 

Hearty kebabs and other meat dishes plus a variety of soups, salads, and hot and cold mezes. No alcohol is served.

Recommended dishes: 

Go with a group and order ahead to enjoy the specialties of the house – a tender, meter-long kebab and lamb or chicken cooked in a salt shell cracked at the table. I also love the green-olive and herb salads and especially the warm hummus topped with pastırma, a spicy cured meat. The traditional desserts are surely good as well, but I’ve never had any room left for them.

Ambience: 

The large rooms are spotless, if a bit sterile, leaving the food and service to provide the soul. Lots of families and large groups, few tourists.

Service: 

Waiters are friendly and attentive.

Location: 

On a wide, busy street in the central, if not particularly charming, Aksaray neighbourhood, next to the Historia shopping mall. It’s off the tourist trail but easy to get to on public transportation.

Price advice: 

At 21 lira per person, the lavish open breakfast buffet on Sundays is one of the best deals in town, with 151 sweet and savoury dishes to choose from. Served 8:30am-1:30pm.

More information on Akdeniz Hatay Sofrası:

Price guide:
Mid-range
Type:
Restaurant
Food:
Traditional, Turkish
Address:
Ahmediye Caddesi No. 44/A, Fatih, Istanbul
Telephone:
0212 531 33 33
Website:
http://www.akdenizhataysofrasi.com.tr
Serves:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Opening times:
Every day 8.30am-11.45pm.
Accepts Credit Cards:
Yes
Reservations:
Not necessary

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