Çiya Sofrası

Address: Güneşlibahçe Sokak No. 43, Kadıköy, Istanbul, Turkey
Telephone: 0216 330 31 90

- Budget

4.7

Casual eatery serving some of the best and most unusual food in the city.

One of my top go-to places when guests are in town, Çiya serves delicious dishes you likely won’t find anywhere else, thanks to owner Musa Dağdeviren’s passion for collecting recipes from all across Turkey and other parts of the former Ottoman empire.

Food and drink
4.7
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Service
4.3
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Food and drink
4.7
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Value for money
4.8
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Ambience
3.9
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Location
4.2
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Food and drink

Traditional Turkish at its best, with a wide variety of tasty kebabs, soups, stews, and hot and cold starters, as well as luscious desserts. Çiya Sofrası doesn't serve alcohol. 

Recommended dishes

To taste the best variety of dishes, go with a group and load up on everything that looks good at the counter just inside the entrance. I love the stuffed eggplants, mini-lamacun, hummus, and various salads of savoury herbs and greens, and always hope the ever-changing menu will feature my favourite stew – a mix of chestnuts, quince, meat, chickpeas, and onions that's apparently called galye, although nothing is labelled. Don’t ask what the “walnut dessert” is – just get it.

Ambience

The bright, bustling interior is a bit institutional, but who cares when the food is this good? Çiya draws a mixed clientele of locals, tourists, and families.

Service

Service is friendly and efficient; some waiters speak a bit of English.

Location

In the middle of Kadıköy’s main market area, close to the ferry port.

Price advice

Mezes and salads are priced by weight; a good-sized mixed plate will cost you about 12 lira and a portion of stew around 8 lira. Kebabs range from 10 to 15 lira.

Branches

Çıya has its own little empire, with two other, similar locations on the same block.

Recommended for

  • Families with younger children
  • Foodies
  • Seasoned travellers
  • People watching

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