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Ciye Restaurant

Posted: Mon Feb 27, 2006 2:23 am
by dorisinbaytown
We took the ferry from Eminolu to the Asian side of Istanbul one night last week to try out Ciye Restaurant, which we had read about in Saveur magazine. It was an adventure getting there (the taxi driver got us within two blocks of the place and then got a passerby to escort us to the restaurant!), and an adventure eating there. The waiter spoke very little English, and we spoke less Turkish, so he just brought us samples of several different dishes, and they were all delicious. They seemed very eager to please us and happy to have us there. We showed them the writeup from the magazine, and they were pleased. The chef had just left for home, so we did not get to see him, unfortunately.

The patrons at the table next to us, it turned out, had studied medicine in Little Rock, Arkansas (!), and so they interpreted for us. They were delightful, as well.

We were concerned about catching the last boat back, and so they had an employee walk us the few blocks back to the ferry landing. Neither of the men who escorted us that evening would accept a tip, which we found heartening after being in Sultanahmet, where people were all astonishingly friendly but also eager for our money.

Our last night in Istanbul we ate at a restaurant off of Divan Yolu that was recommended by Fodor's. It was good, and the atmosphere was great, but a bit overpriced.

All in all, the food was good, though we found it all a bit bland, being accustomed to TexMex and Cajun (we use Tony Chachere's seasoning on most foods!). We loved the apple tea, liked the Turkish coffee, and enjoyed the traditional breakfasts of bread, feta cheese, tomatoes, and cucumbers very much. The desserts were all outstanding everywhere we ate, and we liked the Angora white wine. Also Doluca wine. The red Angora was not as good. All of the bread we had was great.

The dried figs! What a treat![/i]

Posted: Mon Feb 27, 2006 11:08 pm
by halliep
Was this in Kadikoy or Uskudar?

Ciye Restaurant

Posted: Mon Feb 27, 2006 11:42 pm
by dorisinbaytown
Kadikoy. I will send the address if I can find it. Our hotel (Sari Konak in Sultanahmet, also very good and helpful) found the address for us and wrote it down for the taxi driver.

Posted: Tue Feb 28, 2006 12:46 am
by Ali Asterisk
You sound as though you had a great trip.

I would also be interested in Ciye restaurant's address - I like the sound of your adventure! As a matter of interest, how much did you pay for your meal there (did that include alcohol)? And what sort of dishes were you brought?

Glad you enjoyed your train trip too - I'm just planning my next train trip right now!! :D

Ciya Restaurant

Posted: Mon Mar 06, 2006 6:15 pm
by dorisinbaytown
Ciya Sofrasi - Caferaga Mahallesi Guneslibahce Sk. No. 43 Kadikoy, Istanbul

+90 216 330 32 90
+90 216 450 23 76

It was a variety of traditional Turkish food - lots of lamb and fresh veggies. The chef is known for cooking food from all regions of Turkey, in ways traditional to various regions.

I honestly do not remember the cost; it was not cheap, but certainly not the most expensive meal we had.

See Saveur magazine no. 90 from a couple of months ago - the restaurant was #28 in its annual list of 100 exciting food thingys. The title of the writeup was "Turkish Touchstone" (might Google it).

Hope you enjoy!

Posted: Mon Jun 26, 2006 3:40 pm
by chaircat
I ate there three nights straight, and on future trips I would consider staying in Kadikoy just so I could be closer. The food is spectacular, thr prices more than reasonable, and the service first rate.

Re: Ciye Restaurant

Posted: Mon Feb 02, 2009 3:31 pm
by Bill_Miyorum
There are two restaurants called Çiya on Güneşlibahçe Sokak in Kadıköy. The one on the right of the street, as you walk down from the quayside, does a modern take on kebabs. I am not a kebab expert (yet) but got the impression that the menu consists of unusual "peasant" fare from the four corners of Turkey. I had a dish called "sirinan", a kind of two-layered pizza with a yogurt-based sauce on top. it was delicious. As I recall, the waiter said it orginated with the "Suriyani" people of the South-East (who figure prominently in the anthropological photographs on the upstairs wall of the restaurant). I was also told that "Çiya" is Kurdish for "hill" or "mountain".

The Çiya on the other side of the street is a vegetarian affair. It deals in hot dishes cooked in a bain-marie; cold, self-served side dishes which you pay for by weight; and very sweet desserts, such as pumpkin soaked in sugar solution and topped with a sprinkling of ground pistachios. I liked the place!

Re: Ciye Restaurant

Posted: Mon Oct 20, 2014 1:02 pm
by turkeytom
The restaurant's name is Çiya (CHEE-yah), there are actually three restaurants in the group, each serving different things. Here's the whole story: ... /ciya.html

Tom Brosnahan

Re: Ciye Restaurant

Posted: Fri Jul 17, 2015 9:56 pm
by Tavsan
Love this restaurant!


Re: Ciye Restaurant

Posted: Fri Jul 17, 2015 10:11 pm
by turkeytom
...if you can get a table! The Çiyas are now world-famous, which is a mixed blessing.

I hope Çiya doesn't suffer the fate of Doy-Doy, a little hazır yemek (ready-food) restaurant opposite the Hotel Yunus Emre just off the Hippodrome. You used to be able to doy (fill up) on simple but tasty food for a low price, but with success (fostered, I admit, by my review of it in my Lonely Planet Turkey guide), it went upscale, became a fancier place, with only adequate food at higher prices.

Tom Brosnahan