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    Ice cream

    by MalenaN Updated Jan 7, 2005

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    Cafe in Van

    I love ice-cream and absolutely eat too much. In Van there are several places to get yummy ice-cream (or dondurma in Turkish). This café is just in the corner of Cumhuriyet Caddesi and Kazim Karabekir Caddesi and for a plate with a few different flavours I paid 2 000 000 TL.

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    Cay in Gýzelsu

    by MalenaN Written Nov 1, 2003

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    After visiting Hosap Castle take your time and sit down to have a tea in the village Gýzelsu. The tea is never drunk in a hurry so it is very peaceful.
    You might also want to buy a big tasty watermelon or other fresh fruits sold in the village.

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    Hacibaba Corba ve Paca Salonu: You can find this disgusting, but…

    by ozalp Written Nov 10, 2008

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    “Corba” means soup and “paca” the legs of cow and lamb. This restaurant offers only soups, especially the soups from the lower parts of legs, heads and tripe. I am very fond of tripe soup and one evening I couldn’t resist the call of this restaurant. It is on one of the main streets and we walked in front of it several times. That night, we were tired and didn’t want anything we already tried there. After so much meat and breakfast maybe the best option was vegetable but there isn’t much vegetable in Van. So, we tried the tripe soup and wanted a grilled or boiled half lamb head. They weren’t as good as mom’s tripe or head but not bad. Just don’t forget to add some garlic and vinegar to your soup.

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    Sifa Lokantasi: Modest choice

    by ozalp Updated Nov 10, 2008

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    This is the first restaurant we tried in Van after leaving the luggage to hotel. Van area has delicious meat, and I love meat dishes. So I ordered grilled ribs. What a taste it was! Even the place is not a special one, they served us very well. Waiter brought us salad and special bread. The bread was so good, and he kept serving us until we said “Enough thanks.”
    After we were all full, they served us a delicious tea. We asked and learned the ingredients. It has cinnamon and clover, it was a winter tea. It helped a lot after eating too much.
    Waiter was extremely helpful. We asked about the places we heard and he showed us the directions and gave advices. He was our first experience with “eastern hospitality”.

    Their place is just across Bayram Hotel.

    Favorite Dish: Grilled ribs.

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    Birkoc: The best braised meat

    by ozalp Updated Nov 10, 2008

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    I think “Breakfast Street” is the heart of Van. Even business people gather here for some important meetings. It keeps beating afternoon, too. After the breakfast serve is finished, this place turns into a restaurant street. They usually serve “kavurma” (braised meat) but also there is an ordinary restaurant between them.
    I want to tell you about Birkoc, the most famous one about “kavurma”. It is the neighbor of Sutcu Fevzi, my favorite breakfast place. They also serve breakfast and I am sure their breakfast is great, too. But when it comes to kavurma, Birkoc is the one. I have read about it and also we asked about some place to have a nice kavurma to several people. The only answer we get was “Birkoc”.
    I recommend you to have “cacik” (scrambled yogurt with cucumber and garlic) with your kavurma here. It is also great. I felt the portions were small because of the awesome taste of the meat. Don’t miss it.

    Favorite Dish: "Cacik" and "kavurma"

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    Bak Hele Bak Yusuf Konak: Why?

    by ozalp Written Nov 10, 2008

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    This is one of the famous breakfast restaurants out of Breakfast Street. I somehow irritated when I read about this place and its owner. He is some kind of funny guy, likes to laugh and talk a lot. I didn’t want to go but one day I found myself sitting there.

    We ordered the regular menu for us in Van (honey, milk cream, braised meat with eggs, otlu peynir) with tea, of course. First mistake they did was bringing the tea in cup. A good Turkish tea must be served in glasses (says the master Ozlem). Then I didn’t like their braised meat and egg, also honey and milk cream… The following day we were in the same place we had been the day before, Sutcu Fevzi.

    Favorite Dish: None

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    Sutcu Fevzi: Since 1952

    by ozalp Written Nov 10, 2008

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    This place is a trademark in Breakfast Street. It is between Birkoc and Seref Sahin’s restaurant. It was at the top of my list before going to Van, and it is still there.
    Since I live in the west part of Turkey and Van is at the east, the first day I woke up at 5.30 or something. It was normal, because sun was bright already. We were at Sutcu Fevzi at 6.00 a.m. When I think about the breakfast we had, I realize that even 6.00 a.m. was late.
    The waiters of the place welcome you at the street. There are several breakfast restaurants, and you can choose another one, too. All the waiters are incredibly kind, helpful.
    First day I couldn’t stop myself and tried many different dishes. With the support of unlimited tea service, I felt like I wouldn’t walk again. I was feeling dizzy. After paying the bill, we told them –as if we were apologizing- that we wanted to have breakfast in other restaurants, so we wouldn’t come again. The waiter we talked asked “Why? Have we done something wrong?”

    (This is one of the most important memories I had in Van. I started to believe in people after years. Who could ask this question after the high quality service he gave? I think this is pure innocence.)

    Well, we said that but we returned to Sutcu Fevzi after our second breakfast. And the waiter welcomed us again with a smiling face. We had all our breakfasts in Sutcu Fevzi, except the second day, and I know if I go to Van again, I’ll have all my breakfasts in this place.

    Favorite Dish: Almost all. Braised meat and eggs, the Van cheese (otlu peynir), honey-cream-walnut trio.

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    VAN STYLE BREAKFAST

    by Arkeolog Written Feb 23, 2009

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    As every friend or relative who has been there before will tell you, breakfast in Van is something you must not miss. Breakfast restaurants line an entire street and are famous for their local products.

    Favorite Dish: Tourist guidebooks all speak highly of the breakfast menu, which includes Van's famous herb cheese, honey, cream and other items with peculiar local names.

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    Seref Sahin: Lokanta

    by ozalp Written Nov 10, 2008

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    This one is the only “restaurant kind of restaurant” (don’t follow me, I don’t know what I’m talking about) on breakfast street. Restaurant's name is also the owner's name. Seref Sahin is a famous character. Many important people (politicians, musicians etc.) call Seref Sahin before their arrival and order his special lamb kebab (a whole lamb stays in an oven for long hours). It takes long time to cook, so it is a must ordering it before.
    While we were having breakfast in our first morning, he and another man were cleaning okras for lunch. I love okra but couldn’t visit this famous restaurant during my stay.

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    Sacibeyaz: If you don’t want local tastes

    by ozalp Updated Nov 10, 2008

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    First day we asked for Van cuisine and somebody told us Sacibeyaz. We went there and saw that it was a modern Café – Bistro. So returned and found Sifa Lokantasi.
    This place serves deserts, ice cream, beverages and some dishes from international cuisine. If you want something familiar, you can visit Sacibeyaz. Else, go somewhere offering local tastes. ‘Cause there is nothing special here.
    We had some ice cream and a cup of the here. Ice cream was good.

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    Damak Kebap: Aduna Kebap at Damak Kebap

    by Behi Updated Jul 25, 2009

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    Aduna Kebap at Damak Kebap
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    we arrived to van at ~10 pm, we were very hungry, walked to south of Cumhuriyet cad. & found small shop the Damak Kebap & it's very hospitable owner.

    we had Aduna Kebap, it is something like as Kabab Kobide in Iran but different Delicious taste.

    2 skewer of spicy grind meat with salad costs & a glass of water for 6 TL (2009/88)

    It was the best meal that I had in van.

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    Safa 3 chorba Pacha: 1st breakfast at Safa 3

    by Behi Updated Jul 25, 2009

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    chorba at Safa 3
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    We start 1st morning at van with Chorba (soup) in Safa 3.

    chorba Pacha restaurants are same as Kale pazi in Iran, serve head & leg of limbs but difference is they don't serve a full leg or head just slice of meat in soup (Pacha).

    Chorba seems was simple delicious spicy soup without meat.
    & after meal they served us with a cup of tea.

    Prices (2009/88):
    chorba 3 TL
    Pacha 3.5 TL

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    Yigitoglu: Don't Miss The Ice Cream

    by Behi Updated Jul 23, 2009

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    Ice Cream
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    They still produce & serve Ice Cream in the old style & it was very interesting for me to experience it which it's about 40 years that we don't have it in Iran.

    Don't miss the yummy Ice Creams just for 1 TL. (2009/88)

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    Ustam catering: Sulu Yemek & Pilav

    by Behi Written Jul 22, 2009

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    Sulu Yemek & Pilav at Ustam catering
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    we had our 2nd dinner at Ustam the bigger & luxe restaurant rather than last ones.

    The Sulu Yemek (Eggplant+meat+Potato) & Pilav (Rice) & Ayran(Doq in persian) was what we had for 4.5 TL (2009/88)
    I don't dislike it & the taste was different but I won't have it again.

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    Akdamar restaurant: Kurdish meal

    by Behi Updated Jul 23, 2009

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    Kurdish meal at Akdamar restaurant
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    after visiting Akdamar island we had 2nd lunch at Akdamar restaurant that located opposite of Akdamar Iskelesi(harbor).
    the top 2 meals were a Kurdish meal (Meat+Tomato+Red rice) for 15 TL
    & a sea food by Van Fishes for 12.5 TL
    & 1 TL for bottle of water. (2009/88)

    I liked the Kurdish meal the taste was interesting but it was expensive!

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