Will Go To Asia For Food

Will Go To Asia For Food

Today’s our last day in Istanbul before venturing on to other parts of Turkey. I had thought we stayed too many days here, but after today’s lunch, I’m glad we got to stay for our last meal at Çiya because it is quite possibly the best meal we’ve had so far. In fact, it is so good that we plan to visit Çiya again after we return to Istanbul in November before flying back to LA.

Çiya is located on the Asian side of Istanbul in Kadıköy, which is a 30-minute ferry ride from Karaköy (or 20-minute from Eminönü).

Across from the Çiya Sofrasi is the Çiya Kebap, which is their kebap branch

This restaurant was recommended by a blogger as well as listed in the little handy book Senem had given us the second day we were in Istanbul. The New Yorker also had a write up about this joint and its owner chef Musa Dagdevirin in 2010, and was also mentioned in the New York Times in 2018.

In this book, they said that Çiya is probably the best restaurant in Istanbul.

There is no set menu as dishes change daily. To order, you just go to the counter and pick out what you want. Same goes with the meze counter.

The meze we picked out. Wrapped grape leaves were tasty, as were the wild oregano, parsley, pomegranate salad, and the pile of orange above it (we didn’t know what it was, but it was delicious). Bulgur balls were OK.
Clockwise from top left: The couscous rice was the best we’ve had, lamb with eggplant in yogurt sauce was good, and the lamb stew on aubergine (AKA eggplant) was divine!

We wish we had discovered this place 2 weeks ago, because we would have seriously made a trip out to Kadiköy for every. single. meal.

We didn’t recall ordering this, but we got it and we loved it.

By the time we were done eating we were stuffed. I told Joe I could practically float back to Europe. But wait, there’s more.

Katmer with pistachio and clotted cream filling, and you may slather some more clotted cream (far right) and sprinkle more pistachios on it if you so desire.
This would be my top choice (along with rice pudding) for Turkish dessert
Sumac drink on the house.

All I have to say is (beside Mark Wiens missing out on this one), Çiya, we’ll CYA next month!

Total for today (meal and ferry trip) – $23.

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