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Çiya Sofrası

katieparla | | Mar 15, 2009 06:22 PM

Last week after class I hopped a ferry with some friends from Kabataş to Kadıköy. Our destination wasÇiya Sofrası, a place that had been recommend to me by friends, colleagues, and fellow food bloggers, and is invariably named as one of the best restaurants in the city. Considering that Changa, Mikla, Lokanta, and other high-end hot-spots are also on this list, I was expecting Çiya to be a much more formal affair than it is. I was pleasantly surprised to find an simple cafeteria offering around 20 hot dishes and a variety of salads and pickled vegetables to a varied clientele.

When we entered Çiya Sofrası, we were a bit overwhelmed by the sheer number of tantalizing dishes displayed behind the hot and cold countrs so we sat down, ordered 3 karadur suyu (mulberry juices), collected our thoughts, and plotted our next move. We decided to order a number of dishes:

Intestines stuffed with rice, herbs, and offal
Eggplant stuffed with lentils, peppers, and onions
Hot and sour bread ball soup
Flatbread stuffed with onion and chard
Yogurt, meat, chickpea, lentil and mint soup
Chestnut, meat, apple, baby onion and chickpea soup
Pickled seawood
Pickled beets
Olives with walnuts
Cured capers
Yogurt with barley

The plan was to follow all this with lahmacun and a kebab or two, but we reconsidered in favor of dessert:

Candied olives with walnuts and tahini
Candied green walnuts
Candied minieggplant stuffed with walnuts
Kaymak (clotted cream)
And sort of cream filled shredded wheat

The lahmacun and kebab may have been postponed until the next trip, but I have a hunch that it is not very far off.

Çiya Sofrası
Caferaga Mh.
Guneslibahce Sk. No: 43A

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