A Turkish "ready
yemek) restaurant is one with
a variety of dishes prepared in
advance of mealtime and kept warm
in steam tables. It's
the Turkish version of a self-service
and it's a culinary
to what you want and the chef serves
you immediately. Fast,
easy, delicious, and inexpensive.
steam tables laden with artfully-decorated
dishes are usually in the restaurant's
passers-by—which they do
take a tray, select the dishes you
pay at the cash register, then
dine at your leisure. If there
are no tables free on the ground
floor, look for a stairway:
yemek restaurants have dining
rooms one flight up—and
sometimes two and three flights
up, and even
on the roof in the form of an
open-air terrace (in good weather).
you'd rather not carry your dishes
up, a waiter will be happy
to carry them for you.
Prices for the dishes are posted, but you
probably won't know the names of
the dishes so you'll have to ask,
or just trust to the honesty of the
cashier (this is usually fine).
yemek restaurants often have
grills to prepare kebaps and köfte.
A limited selection of desserts/sweets is usually on offer as well.
beverages are usually not
these places: rather, soft drinks,
juices, waters, and the refreshing,
healthful yogurt-and-water drink
called ayran (ah-yee-RAHN).
yemek restaurants may open early
in the morning with limited breakfast offerings
such as lentil
soup (mercimek çorbası) and/or
su böreği, a
made with chopped parsley and white
sheep's-milk cheese. Or,
they may not open until mid-morning.
They often stay open late into the
bus station in Turkey
has at least one,
and usually several, hazır
yemek restaurants in or near
it—the perfect places to grab
a quick meal while traveling.