Akdeniz Hatay Sofrası

Address: Ahmediye Caddesi No. 44/A, Fatih, Istanbul, Turkey
Telephone: 0212 531 33 33

- Mid-range

4.7

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
4.7
90%
Service
4.4
90%
Food and drink
4.7
90%
Value for money
4.6
90%
Ambience
3.9
90%
Location
3.8
90%

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.

Recommended for

  • Families with younger children
  • Foodies
  • People watching

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