Cigkofteci Ali Usta

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Muhzirbasi Sokak 2, Eminonu, Istanbul, Turkey, 34112

Vegetarian eatery serving one food dish: vegan bulghur & spice balls in wraps. A portion includes cigkofte, lettuce, wrap, and lemon. The only non-vegan product is ayran (yogurt drink). Location is by Sirkeci tram station and a short walk from Spice Bazaar. Open Mon-Sun 11:30am-8:00pm.

Categories: Vegan-friendly, Fast food, Take-out, Middle Eastern, Turkish

4 Reviews

First Review by calamaestra

A whole experience - Edit

Ali's cigkofte is delicious and very cheap (3.5 TL at the time of writing this review). There is often a line in front of the shop, but it is definitely worth spending 15 minutes of your time waiting. Ali is always entertaining people in the queue, the whole cigkofte-making process is a show of its own.

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It's a whole experience! - Edit

Not sure if these guys have any idea about what vegan means but the cig kofte they serve is exactly that and delicious and the making of it is full on show! The busy chef throws stuff and runs around, makes a lot of hassle and is surrounded by locals trying to sneakingly film him and his sidekicks that somehow try to keep the situation under control :D It's a whole show and entertainment, straight from the allies of Istanbul!

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Must do / eat experience in Istanbul! - Edit

If you only eat cig kofte once in Turkey, or only have one meal in Istanbul, make it here!
The entire process is an experience, from waiting in line to getting your wrap through into your bag.
You want to order durum cig kofte (3.5 TL) and get a plastic bag from the guy who takes your order. Then just watch what everyone else does. You will probably be yelled at, made fun of, its hilarious even when you can't understand a word, half the line are filming on their smart phones. Stressful but fun.
Then the food is amazing, most filling meal for the price in all of Turkey.

Pros: entertainment , price , Filling

Cons: a little stressful...

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eccentric cook but great food - Edit

The cook might be crazy or he's just building a crowd...can't tell. He yells at everyone and chased a guy with a bat. That said, you can't beat the taste and price.

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