This was a place where my bestfriends in Izmir took me and my husband before we departed for our honeymoon in 2005. It's special itself cuz it was the very first gettogether with friends as a married couple:)
Patlican Cafe is in Inciralti district. Patlican is the Turkish word for aubergine actually and the cafe is given this name cuz of the aubergine greenhouses around. It may be a bit hard to find its location (the address is provided below anyway) as it's in the middle of some fields, but, it's a perfect place for a super Turkish Sunday breakfast.
It's also a nice place for families with kids as there are many things the kids can do to have fun.
Favorite Dish: A complete Turkish breakfast: They bring tomatoes with olive oil, cheese with eggs, fresh orange juice and all sorts of gozleme (Check the pic for gozleme)
It's a speacial restaurant for me cuz when I was at primary school, my mum used to take me there for a special mum-daughter lunch at the end of every school semester. We always ate (and still eat when I am in town) doner kebap or iskender kebap there so I don't know the tastes of other dishes. The other meat dishes are known to be good though.
Favorite Dish: Doner kebap or iskender kebap
ACIKTIM. Ok, you will find many good restaurants in Izmir to taste the great Turkish cousine but if you’re out of money and you visit Bornova district this is the place for you. In Aciktim for less than 2 euro (!!) I ate a tasty tomato soup(domates corbasi), a plate with vegetables and chicken(Turlu), a plate with rice (pilav), tzatzik (cacik) and bread (ekmek).
Yes, it was very nice :) There was no tourist around, only locals, students, workers etc Noone spoke english too :)
Favorite Dish: I also loved the desert at the end. It was the famous Sutlac (rice and milk), simple and good!
There were many small restaurants serving kebab around Konak square, in Alsancak etc MANISAJI was one of them I visited. It has a big variety of kebab plates, good yogurts and some not so nice salads. I also drunk Ayran a strange drink made out of salted yogurt, diluted with water! I don’t think I payed more than 6 euros that night. . Yes, food is cheap in Izmir.
Favorite Dish: Manisa Kebap (finger meatballs with sauce)
They have great seafood as well as classical Ottoman food and specialities from international cuisines. They have live music almost every night. The view of the city is so great that you can only have a cup of coffee and feel full.
One cheap and tasty thing to eat is simit. You will find it everywhere because many street vendors sell it. I saw many small kiosks selling simit in Izmir as in every city in Turkey. I used to have two of them every morning with my tea. We call it koulouri in Greece but it is just the same thing, a circular bread with sesame seeds. Very common in other Balkan countries too simit is eaten plain or for breakfast with cheese. That’s why in some of the kiosks they sell cheese too. Most of the times they also sell small sandwiches with tomato and cheese.
HACIDAN is a new heaven of meat and kebaps,I know of their name in Istanbul,very well-known kebap house..
Mouthwatering grilled all kinds of shish(sweeker) kebaps,well marinated and cooked..
They have own special kebap varieties..
working hours 11.30am-24.oopm
Favorite Dish: Mezes,grilled lambshish with eggplant and spicy tomato&onion salad+ice cream
You never miss it...
Here is my favourite restaurant for every seasons..absolutely the best!!!
Grilled sole fish(dil baligi) with tomato and pepper is just mouthwatering..Grilled octopus superb!! mixed rocket&tomato,cucumber,onion and on top white cheese..salad dressing with lemon and young&fresh extra virgin olive oil...say cheese u've been framed:)
ambience amazing,friendly service..
Favorite Dish: grilled sole-fish and grilled octopus..and Turkish white cheese&melon and ...ofcourse TURKISH RAKI..
the holy trinity:0)...
Kusane means kinda Turkish pot name.
An other quick lunch..
For your information..most of the Turks and foreigners call our lahmacun and pide as "Turkish Pizza" !! Pizza is pizza..Pide or lahmacun are Pide or Lahmacun!!! Totally differente:)
Pide(pitta bread with ground meat or cheese)
for the dough:margarine,vegetable oil,yogurt,water,baking powder,egg white,flour
for the filling:ground meat,onions,tomato,salt,black&red pepper.
to garnish:cherry tomato,green pepper,egg yolk
bake in preheated oven 10 minutes
Is it the same???
We've differents kinds of Pides and it is one of the most well-known pide(BICAK ARASI) from city of KONYA..
Favorite Dish: KONYA BICAK ARASI PIDE(1.20m lenght) + AYRAN
Izmir’s cuisine has largely been affected by its multicultural history, hence the large variety of food originating from the Aegean, Mediterranean and Anatolian regions. Another factor is the large area of land surrounding the region which grows a rich selection of vegetables. Some of the common dishes found here are tarhana soup (made from dried yoghurt and tomatoes), Izmir meatballs, keskek (boiled wheat with meat) zerde (sweetened rice with saffron) and mucver (made from squash and eggs).
friday,saturday and sunday nights live music.Pure Italian cuisine.Pastas and pizzas are great!!
You need reservation on fridays and saturdays.
Favorite Dish: Penne with spicy tomato sauce.and a slice of pizza carpaccio
T-bone steak with fungi.
and milk pudding.
wine:Kavaklidere Carignan-Alicante-deep red,round,structed,fruity(grapes from Aegean region)
Totally Aegean cuisine,and a local restaurant but the lady Simavli Hadime Fidan(Mrs) is great chef,therefore you must be hurry!!!
dried beans with ground meat(kuru fasulye) and pilafs(pilav) are great..They always cook the dishes in special pot(GUVEC-casserole)) and always in a special owen..
I've been there just a lunch..
Favorite Dish: first fresh green beans with in olive oil(virgin) ..Guvecte Kuru fasulye and Pilav
Sorry there is no theme for Mediterranean cuisine!!!
Yes,I am a fan of Mediterranean cuisine..healty,tasty,fishy and yummy:)
It is a natural diet,you may eat whatever you want but no kilos..trust me!!
No matter which country it is,Greek,Italian,Turkish,Lebanese,Tunisia,or Spanish..They all have amazing taste..
As you know[very few of you:)] that Turkish cuisine has huge legacy of Ottoman heritage..from Middle east to Blacksea,from Central Asia to Balkans and from Caucasias to Mediterranean..and Turkish Mediterranean cuisine is a part of whole family..
Kare is new opened restaurant in Izmir,very stylised place..
Favorite Dish: I'd beef steak in a creamy mushroom sauce,was of equal standart.A glass of Kavaklidere-Kalecik KARASI and avocado&mozarella salad+creme brulee
it is kinda Italian restaurant..I've been there for just a lunch.The food was lovely with lots of flavour and the atmosphere good.
The portions are absolutely huge and extremely good value of money..
Favorite Dish: grilled chicken with french fries and ravioli...
Here are the well known fish restaurants of Izmir..
ALTIN KAPI BALIK RESTAURANT
1435 SOK.5/1-A ALSANCAK
PH:0232 463 02 16
ATATURK CAD.188/b ALSANCAK
PH;0232 364 44 64
CUMHURIYET BULVARI 248 ALSANCAK
PH:0232 421 66 90
ATATURK CAD.314/A ALSANCAK
PH;0232 464 57 57
FAROS BALIK RESTAURANT
GURLER CAD.5 NARLIDERE
PH:0232 239 33 88
KORDONBOYU BALIK PISIRICISI
ATATURK CAD.214/A ALSANCAK
PH;0232 422 15 90