There are good restaurants serving good samples of Anatolian cuisine in Istanbul. Among these there is one that deserves praise because of both the delicious foods and the individual efforts of its owner. The place I’m talking about is Çiya. Actually Çiya is a taste concept of 3 different restaurants which are very close to each other; Çiya Sofrası, Çiya Kebap and Çiya Kebap 2. But in this article I am going to write about “Çiya Sofrası”.
The most important feature of Çiya Sofrası is its serving different tastes of Anatolia in accordance with their original ingredients and cooking techniques. Çiya’s this approach is being defined in the restaurant’s website as follows: “Even though Çiya Sofrası defines itself as a restaurant of “Southeastern and East Mediterranean Cuisine”, it is actually a reflection of a vast geography from Anatolia to Mesopotamia and the variety of culturally prosperous people that have existed on the land. Here, all the Azerbaijani, Georgian, Turkish, Arabian, Armenian, Ottoman, Syrian, Seldjukian and Jewish dishes are prepared according to the original customs and believes.”
Unfortunately I cannot give a specific answer to your question about what eat in Çiya Sofrası. Because all the dishes served in the restaurant give you a good chance to explore the Anatolian cuisine culture. Here are some recommendations for the dishes that you can try in Çiya Sofrası: Keledoş, Ayva Yahnisi, Firik Pilavı, Alaca Çorbası and Dolma
Finally, I want to write something about Mustafa Dağdeviren, the owner of the Çiya Sofrası. Mustafa Dağdeviren is originally from the city of Gaziantep. From early ages he started to work as a master of kebab and oven in different restaurant. Because of his working with different masters, having experience in the kitchen and having individual interest in dishes, Mr. Dağdeviren has an enormous knowledge of Anatolian dishes. In addition to that Çiya is also a publisher. They publish books on gastronomy and a magazine, named with “Dish and Culture”. “Dish and Culture” magazine, published in every 3 months, has reached to 29th Issue so far.
As a result, if you want to try different tastes of Anatolia in Istanbul with their real tastes, Çiya Sofrası would be the best address for you.
Adress: Caferağa Mahallesi Güneşlibahçe Sokak No:43 Kadıköy – İstanbul
Telephone: +90 216 330 31 90
Opening times: Everyday in a week (1pm – 10pm)
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