Restaurants

Top Choice Anatolian in Konya

Konak Konya Mutfağı

This traditional restaurant is run by well-known food writer Nevin Halıcı, who puts her personal twist on Turkish classics. Grab an outside table and dine beside vine-draped pillars and a fragrant rose garden. The t…
Top Choice Anatolian in Safranbolu

Atış Cafe

Safranbolu has cute cafes dishing up regional cuisine aplenty but Atış is our favourite for its genuinely friendly management and solid home-style cooking. Dig into local dishes of peruhi (pasta parcels drenched in …
Top Choice Anatolian in Sivas

Sema Hanımın Yeri

The welcoming Madame Sema serves home-cooked food such as içli köfte (meatballs stuffed with spices and nuts) to a packed audience of young locals in this small restaurant snaffled down a backstreet off Inönü Caddes…
Top Choice Kebap in Tokat

Ocakbaşı Mis Kebap

Ask a local where the best Tokat kebaps (and pretty much any other kind of kebap) can be found and there's a good chance they will send you to this bustling, upmarket restaurant with smartly turned-out waiters and o…
Top Choice Seafood in Ankara

Balıkçıköy

Ankara's favourite seafood restaurant. Take the waiter's recommendations for the cold meze, then take your pick of the fried and grilled fish – the fried whitebait is a favourite – all perfectly cooked and quick to …
Top Choice Anatolian in Konya

Somatçi

Rekindling old recipes from the Seljuk and Ottoman age, this restaurant uses the finest ingredients and cooks everything with panache. Staff are happy to advise on dishes and the setting inside a carefully restored …
International in Ankara

La Gioia

This ever-so swanky cafe-bistro at the heart of the embassy district looks seriously Parisian – as do much of the clientele. If you're in need of a break from the endless kebaps of central Turkey then you'll enjoy t…
Seafood in Ankara

Marmaris Balikçisi

At this well-regarded, and very fairly priced, seafood restaurant, with its suitably blue-and-white oceanic theme, you can pluck your creature of the deep off its bed of ice and have it quickly grilled or fried up a…
Anatolian in Kastamonu

Münire Sultan Sofrası

Tucked inside the Münire Medresesi complex, we like this place for its local specialities such as banduma (chicken and filo pastry drenched in butter and chopped walnuts) and ecevit çorbası (rice and yoghurt soup). …
Anatolian in Kastamonu

Eflanili Konağı

Head up the stairs of this renovated timber-framed house, just off Cumhuriyet Caddesi, to dine on low tables in one of the traditionally decorated salons. The menu is all about local village food (though grills are …