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Van Kahvalti Evi

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.

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Van Kahvaltı Evi
A proper Turkish breakfast table should be literally covered 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, but well into the afternoon. Van Kahvaltı Evi serves traditional Turkish and Kurdish breakfast dishes from Van (a Kurdish town in Eastern Turkey known for breakfast) all day, with plenty of hot glasses of çay. If you like a hot cooked breakfast, try menemen: scrambled eggs with tomatoes, peppers, and onions, or savory gözleme pancakes filled with cheese and potato. Be sure to save space for a side of kaymak clotted cream, to be enjoyed spread on bread and drizzled with honey. It may not make you a morning person, but at least a kahvaltı person.

Teşvikiye Mah., Vali Konağı Cad. & Poyracık Sok. 38/A, 34365 Şişli/İstanbul, Turkey
+90 212 240 47 76