THIS PLACE IS CLOSED NOW.
This is a small restaurant in Moda, just across Ali Usta, the famous icecream shop. It has 4-6 tables only and serve Mexican food, which is rare in Kadikoy.
We stopped by before we went to theatre once and tried their special Mexican meatballs (stuffed meatballs actually) and fajita. I don't recommend you the fajita but the meatball was good enough.
Favorite Dish: Mexican meatball
This a tiny café that serves original Turkish coffee, they also sell freshly roasted genuine Turkish coffee.
Turkish coffee costs 4,50YTR, cappuccino 7YTR, tea 2,50YTR, ginger lemonade 5YTR (that was tasty too). We enjoyed our coffee on a rainy morning when people were passing by rushing to get to their homes. The coffee was served with a lokum, how traditional this was!
there’s a sister café at Bagdat Cad 350 e Saskinbakkal, Kadikoy
When we asked our local friend for a kokoretsi he suggested Mercan restaurant(pic 1). I have to admit that we got a bit disappointed of the small portion and the different style of the food (it was chopped in small pieces while we are used in big pieces of it).
Kokoretsi (kokorec in turkish) in turkish) is a common dish in Balkan countries, in Greece we usually eat it on easter Sunday when we roasted on horizontal skewers over charcoal. The roots of food and its name comes from Albania(kukurec). European Union tried to ban this food but people in Balkan countries still like to eat it. In case you don’t know it its consisting of intestines of suckling lamb, usually wrapped with offal and kidneys.
At Mercan restaurant the portion was small (pic 2) but tasty and as usual seasoned with lemon juice, salt/pepper, olive oil and oregano, I also took a sandwich with kokorec(pic 3, weird to see a sandwich like that) which was a bit spicy due to the peppers. We washed them down with beer
The service was quick and friendly, we didn’t really tried something else here but they also serve a lot of fishes (8-20YTR), midye (mussels) in portion(7YTR) or with sandwich, midye dolma(3YTR). There are some small dishes (meze), most of them cost 5YTR (beyaz peynir, kavun, hamsi marin, levrek sarma, potato salad etc)
The best place to try Lahmacun in Kadikoy is Halil Lahmacun. In some other place is too oily but here is dry enough and I prefer it this way.
Lahmacun (which is very popular all over Middle East) is a round thin soft piece of dough topped with spicy sauce and minced meat and parsley. It is sprinkled with lenon juice and wrapped with pickles, tomatoes, peppers and onions.
You can sit there and enjoy your lahmacun while they prepare them but you can also take them out (the rain had just stopped so we preferred not to stay inside).
One lahmacun costs 3YTR. You can also try Peynirli Pide (pie with cheese) and wash them down with Cola, Linonata, Ayran (2YTR), soda (1YTR), water (1YTR).
The also serve the famous Turkish dessert Künefe for 5YTR but we didn’t try it here.
If your answer is “Yes”, then you must visit Kadikoy.
Sohretler Bufe is a small buffet at a corner across the Karakoy Port. There are always many employees preparing sandwiches and more people waiting for them. People headed to their jobs have a quick snack here, or after a long night at a bar or concert, you can stop by and eat a hot dog before going home.
They have regular doner and hot dog sandwiches, but also they mix different things and prepare special sandwiches like meat balls&French fries&salami, pastrami&Russian salad&French fries&fried sausage, etc. They change these creations every year and they name them after a popular person or thing. Their usual sandwich names are "Psycho", "Legend", "Fanatic", etc. Last years they had a sandwich called "Nazgul", for example. They give the name of an important soccer player of Fenerbahce (Kadikoy supports Fenerbahce, mostly) to a sandwich every year. So you can eat Roberto Carlos this year without having regret. They can prepare more in five minutes.
Favorite Dish: Hot dogs, wrapped doner with cheese
I've a tip about Ciya in my Istanbul page. I think it is a must to visit restaurant. I add it here, too. Because it is in Kadikoy and it is an important part of Kadikoy.
Mr. Musa Dagdeviren, the owner of the place also is a researcher of ethnic dishes and a writer. They are publishing a magazine called "Yemek Kulturu".
My first Ciya tip
Favorite Dish: Many. They change the menu according to season.
This place is on the Dr. Esat Isik Street. It is located on a triangular corner. It has a nice pergola in front of the place. There are several tables here under ivy. Inside, there is a big, centric bar and there are 6-8 tables more. There is a phone booth as a decoration here. I thought the ambiance was quite impressive and relaxing.
They have many kinds of alcoholic beverages, various beers but only fried sausages or potatoes to eat. The important thing is they started to sell draught beer of Taps. This is the good news for Kadikoy area at beginning of summer.
Favorite Dish: Fried potatoes with Taps beers. Rauch was delicious.
Kilis is a part of south eastern Anatolia. And this region has a gift to cook meat.
Kilisli Fiko is a small buffet in a corner. It is close to Haydarpasa Train Station and Carrefour Tepe Nautilus. It is open 24 hours a day, and many people visit it after a long night, at 3 or 4 am.
They have 3 different kinds of kebaps (Adana, Urfa, Shish), soft drinks (ayran, salgam, cola, etc.), a soup, salad, a kind of dessert and cig kofte (A kind of meatball which served without cooking. If it is well prepared it is delicious.) on Saturdays. Thats all they have.
(Pictures are from their website.)
Favorite Dish: Adana -many kebaps have the name of a city- is my favorite.
Actually I prefer Beyti (like Adana but with garlic), but they do not have it.
Buying an ice cream from Ali Usta on the way to cafés of Moda is a tradition. I really do not like to eat ice cream but sometimes even I wanted to eat his caramel flavoured ice cream. But lately, whenever my friends bought some ice cream and I tasted, I somewhat didn't like it. I am not sure how it is now but you can have ice cream somewhere else. There are three or more ice cream shops near Ali Usta.
Favorite Dish: I used to eat caramel
This is a nice restaurant-bar over the Besiktas and Adalar port in Kadikoy. The name Denizati means "sea horse". It is a nice thing to drink a beer with some snacks while you are watching the ferries, Haydarpasa and European part of Istanbul. It is just near the sea, so it has an open view all the time.
Also generally the port buildings are quite old in Istanbul so it has a nice ambience inside.