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First Review by twinkle

store front is there but wasn't open - Edit

I found the store front with the name of the place but it was closed. It didn't look permanently closed but strange that it wasn't open at 11:30am on a Thursday.

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Restaurant is closed - Edit

I was at the address indicated (Halaskargazi cad. 113/1) today (July 13, 2014) and there is no such restaurant there. I asked people working at this address, and nobody knew of any vegan restaurant in the vicinity.

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Healthy, delicious, and cheap - Edit

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.

Pros: Fresh, Delicious, Cheap

Cons: Out of the way

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bubidu 11 Jan 2012 - Cigkofte is certainly not vegan/vegetarian, it has ground raw beef or lamb in it mixed with the bulgur.  


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guraytezcan 29 Oct 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.  


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SG213 20 May 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.  


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twinkle 20 May 2013 - Hi! Thanks for your response-- they don't serve icli kofte-- it's a really tiny place and they only serve cig kofte.  


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twinkle 13 Jun 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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