Sevilla is at Cankaya under the tower called Atakule. Its terrasse have a beautiful panaroma to the Botanic Park and Ankara. You can eat local and international. The prices are not expencive
Beer: 5.5 YTL, Pizza: 8.-YTL, other spesialities: 13.5 to 16 YTL
It is a cool place for the hot July August days.
Favorite Dish: Beer & pizza
THE RESTAURANT IS CLOSED IN 2012
I am proud to say that whoever came to Ankara to see me from abroad had the pleasure to eat at this restaurant. It used to be a small place when we were at uni but the business got bigger throughout the years and now they have a big restaurant with a garden. It's also a special place for me as my thesis supervisor had taken me there for lunch just before I defended my thesis back in 2004. This is one of the few places in Ankara I like to take my foreign friends.
Note that it is closed on Mondays!
Favorite Dish: Sarma and/or manti. You can ask for 1/2 of each and try both. Their homemade baklava is worth trying as well.
Although we were excited with the district of Hamamonu we were disappointed with the place we choose for eating. Matrak (which means precious!) seems great with a balcony on the first floor where you we had great view over the street (pics 1-2). The service was fast and the waitress beautiful and very helpful.
But we didn’t enjoy the food that much, it’s mediocre comparing to other places we ate.
The menu has many choices of tosts and burgers (2,75-5TL), basic plates based on meat or chicken (6-9TL), soup of the day(3TL), many salads(5,5-6TL)
We started with Akdeniz Salata(typical mediterenean salad, not bad at all). Then we tried Manti (typical food in central Asia) based on ravioli with yogurt and tomato sauce (there are different versions all over Turkey). We didn’t like it at all, it was more creamy than expected.
Hopefully, we also ordered 3 different types of Gozleme so our hunger eased a bit :). Gozleme is also a traditional turkish hand rolled pastry that is filled with spinach and feta cheese, with egg, with potatoes, with mushrooms, with meat etc. The one with the cheese was the best among the 3 we tried (the others were with spinach and meat)
We also drink cola, fresh juice and ayran (useless because Manti was full of yogurt)
The bill for 3 person was less than 30TL which means less than 5 euros per person!
If you ever visit the industrial museum at the University campus you may want to have a break for coffee or lunch there. There is an area which the students go because there are banks, post office, coiffure and also a café that serves fresh bread, pastries and other things to start the day easily and cheap. We ordered simit breads, sandwiches and tea at extremely low prices.
It was early in the morning when students and other people that work in the university started to come for breakfast. There are tables outdoors too (pic 3) but also inside where you can have a look at the interior of the building (pic 4) where some stores are located like bookstores etc while at the lower floor there is another café with table games etc (pic 5)
This is a great place for eating right next to the lake. They have some open space(balcony) but it was a bit chilly and we preferred a table inside but next to the window (pic 1, we could see the lake anyway).
The menu has a lot of small dishes for (meze in turkish, like tapas in spain) with fish, biber dolma, cacik, kalamar etc (6-8TL), soup of the day (5TL) but also good choices of main dishes with beef, chicken, several fishes etc
We ordered some dishes (pic 2), a plate which mixed tomato, pepper and egg, very tasty but also spicy. Then I tried the mushrooms with chicken and potatoes, delicious but again very spicy. Hopefully, the salad kept me balanced. We washed everything down with draft beer (Efes).
We also enjoyed a plate of fruits (pic 3) and at the end we got excited with the kunefe dessert (typical Arabic dessert, in turkey cooked in small copper plates, it’s actually a sweet cheese pastry made with kadaifi)
The service was good
Kofteorr is a small restaurant close to Ankara’s castle. We werent really hungtry yet so we just stopped for a tea break because we had walked a lot in and out of the castle, we checked every small store and the sun was getting stronger. The interior is dark and dull (pic 3) but we didnt care because we enjoyed the great day outside on the small front yard where they have some low tables (pic 1) next to the lady that prepares lahmacun non stop (pic 2).
The tea costs just 1TL (about half euro in 2011) but we also tried their offer, we took 2 lahmacun with ayran and small side salad for 5TL.
They also serve Inegol Kofte, akcaabat kofte, adana kebap, beyti, tavuk sis, kuzu sis and gozleme
The toilets was a nightmare, the old turkish style but the staff was very friendly and kind.
Before we visit Koc Museum we stopped for a coffee at Kirit Café (I'm not sure about the name though) which is some metres away from the museum’s entrance.
We loved the beautiful interior, full of vintage items like the old turn table etc The staff was very friendly so we enjoyed the minutes we stayed there.
We ordered a tea and a fresh orange juice and we paid 5TL
On a sunny day you may love the small table outside, check pic 4 to see how much they love their place
Its there since 1963, on a street not far from Anit Cabir if I remember well, it’s famous for baklava and kebap and tt has the name of the owner Enver Duveroglu.
There are a lot of tables, we preferred to stay at the back side where there is a balcony, it was much more quiet. The service was slow and the atmosphere not the best in town but the food (mainly based on kebap) was good. It was our first lunch with our local friend, she suggested all the things we ate so I didn’t check their menu but we enjoyed the local flavors.
We ordered some basic salads(carrot, lettuce, tomato etc), a plate based on meat, a tasty soup, a mediocre type of bread. We also ordered Ayran but unfortunately we were a bit late and we didn’t catch some specific desserts we wanted but the baklava was also very nice, we tried 2 different kinds, check them out at pic 4, unfortunately you have to imagine how good it tastes :)
The prices were good, it isn’t an expensive place although you wont have many choices if you are not interested in kebap.
They have şiş köfte, adana kebap, döner kebap, pilic şiş for 9TL, ozel beyti kebap, patlican kebap, iskender kebap, yogurtlu adana for 11TL
Also many different pide (icli kofte, lahmacun, kiymali, kasarli, donerli, kusbasili, karisik)
There are delicious gözlemes(Turkish thin börek) and toasts . If you want to drink Turkish things I advice Uludag gazozu(soft drink), ayran, Tea and Turkish coffee of course.
There is a good Ankara view at the terrace.
Favorite Dish: Different Gözleme types (with cheese, yellow cheese, patatoes,Spinach,Aubergine, meat)
It has delicious food and local meals of Turkish cuisine. Try soups, meals, grills, desserts, salad. Be sure what you eat is delicious. You can also find Turkish wine alternatives.
Favorite Dish: One should try Ayva (quince) dessert with kaymak (turkish dense cream).
It is the right place to taste Turkish cuisine. Very delicious local meals, lots of varieties. It is close to Castle, Ulus; historic center of Ankara.
Favorite Dish: Ankara Tava, is a combination of meet and rice. Very delicious.
Firstly there is a marvelous hospitality begining from valet to the owner of the restaurant.
I ate couple of mezes that the owner of the restaurant invented and they are very good. They make an intresting show before meal after mezes in order to fresh your mouth and get ready for meal.
If you are in Turkey you have to visit this restaurant and taste the delicious desserts also.
Favorite Dish: Owner of the restaurant is such an inventor and he makes some meals and desserts by his hand.
Especially octopus with damson is incredibly tasty. You also need to taste fish with sesame.
As I said above, it is gonna be forbidden once Turkey joins EU (I personally don't think it will ever happen but anyway that is not the point!). OK, but what is it? It is "iskembe soup". Iskembe is literally the tripe of a cow. You may not like how it sounds but the taste is great.
We used to go there quite often when we were at uni. Rumeli Ýskembecisi is in Kizilay, one of the busiest centers of Ankara. It's traditional to have iskembe soup after drinking heavy stuff (in Turkish case that would be raki of course).
They don't serve only iskembe soup of course but that is the most famous one. They have various types of grills and other kinds of soup as well. No alcohol is served!
Favorite Dish: Iskembe soup!
Sahinler Sofrasi is not a place you would normally go if you are in Ankara even for a week. But, if someone comes to Ankara and if the only time I have to meet that person (That could be you:) is at lunch time, I kindly ask that person to take the metro from Kizilay at 12:10 at noon time and get off the metro at Macunköy stop. Then, I pick you up from the metro and we go to one of my favourite places near office for lunch and that place is "Sahinler Sofrasi".
Favorite Dish: All stuff made with chicken
Mado is a chain of cafes serving a range of food but primarily known for ice cream and, to a lsightly lesser degree, a range of other desserts. One can, however, find a small range of savoury (non-dessert) food as well, specifically borek, the savoury version of baklava, and a breakfast menu. Otherwise, it's all ice cream (dondurma), with a large range of flavours, baklava, and puddings. I've had better in Turkey, but only at small places and the ice cream, baklava, and puddings here are excellent. They also have very good salep, but it's not cheap, tea, coffee, etc.
In Ankara, there is a very nice Mado right in the heart of Kizilay, just east of the square and in the Sakarya Caddesi shopping and eating neighbourhood.
As is common, there is eating downstairs plus a smoking area upstairs.
Favorite Dish: Very good kazandibi, great baklava and salep (hot, thick, and very tasty), and great ice cream.