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Respond to Review of Cigkofteci Omer Usta - maybe closed
by twinkle

Review: Cigkofte is one of the best vegan options in Turkey. It is a paste made with bulgur, tomato paste, and spices. Some places do prepare it with meat-- so make sure you ask! It is also very inexpensive! At Cigkofteci Omer, a durum (wrap) is 3 TL, about 2 dollars. For 9 TL (6 dollars), you can get a big tray of cigkofte (choose a little spicy or spicy), a big pile of vegetables, and a lot of wrap bread. It is one portion, but enough to feed 4 people! The restaurant is a little hole in the wall with one or two tiny tables, but the the food is perfect for a picnic in nearby Macka park :) The vegetables there are always very fresh!!! CO is not directly in the city center-- it's about a 15 minute walk on the main road between Taksim and Mecidiyekoy.


Posted by bubidu on Wednesday, January 11, 2012
Cigkofte is certainly not vegan/vegetarian, it has ground raw beef or lamb in it mixed with the bulgur.
Posted by guraytezcan on Sunday, October 28, 2012
Dear friends, a small local reminder: Cigkofte in Turkey is a traditional meat dish, but the only legal way in Turkey to sell it to the public is making it meatless due to hygenic concernts. Therefore nearly all cigkofte places around Turkey went meat-free several years ago. Current formula is replacing meat with walnuts or potato.
Posted by SG213 on Sunday, May 19, 2013
Watch out though, even though the uncooked cig kofte is usually veg, the fried icli kofte in these places (oval-shaped samosa type things) probably contain meat.
Posted by twinkle on Monday, May 20, 2013
Hi! Thanks for your response-- they don't serve icli kofte-- it's a really tiny place and they only serve cig kofte.
Posted by twinkle on Thursday, June 13, 2013
Hi Bubidu. The ciğköfte served at this restaurant does not contain any animal products. As I said in my original post, some restaurants prepare it with meat, however this one doesn't, and in fact, many restaurants in Turkey don't. All you have to do is ask.
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