A proper Turkish kahvalti (breakfast) spread should cover the table with small, colorful dishes, including assorted cheeses, fresh tomatoes and cucumber, cured olives, and many varieties of jams and spreads. A proper Kurdish breakfast will be enjoyed at leisure and possibly not first thing in the morning. Van Kahvalti Evi serves both traditional Turkish and Kurdish breakfast dishes from Van (a Kurdish town in eastern Turkey) all day, with plenty of glasses of hot tea. Try menemen: scrambled eggs with tomatoes, peppers, and onions, or savory gözleme (flatbread) filled with cheese and potato. Be sure to save room for a side of kaymak (clotted cream), to be enjoyed spread on bread and drizzled with honey. It's enough to make anyone a morning person, or at least a breakfast person.
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Van Kahvalti Evi: A Kurdish Twist on Turkish Breakfast
This fast-paced restaurant offers a Kurdish twist on kahvalti, with honey and cheeses from eastern Turkey and a thick, sweet Kurdish wheat porridge. Kiliçali Paşa Mh., Defterdar Yokuşu No. 52/A, Cihangir, Beyoğlu, 90/(0) 212-293-6437 This appeared in the May 2015 issue.