Ciya Kebab

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    ( 6 reviews )

Guneslibahce Sokak 43 (at Muvakkithane), Istanbul, Turkey

Serves meat, vegan options available. Simple and fresh traditional Turkish food. Has a large vegetarian salad bar and many options for hot foods. Vegan please ask about options and inform HappyCow. Try the lentil soup. This restaurant was noted in the Lonely Planet for its vegetarian food options, so it's popular with travelers. Location is on the Asian side of Istanbul, in the Kadikoy area. Staff speak some English.

Categories: Vegan-friendly, Lacto, Ovo, Salad bar, Turkish, Non-veg

6 Reviews

First Review by twinkle

not a good idea - Edit

Çiya is great options for omni people but if you are vegan, place def. smells meat too much and lots of people eating meat. so just eating salad or something go and find another place

Updated from previous review on 2017-05-22

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Take a gamble - Edit

Ciya is famous for serving different styles of Turkish cuisine drawn from all over the country. Sometimes though, it seems more thought has gone in to making something appear "different" and not so much to the overall appeal.

I tried the vegetarian lamacun since I haven't heard of anywhere else that serves this. It was disappointing however, although the base was nice and crisp, the topping was dry and largely flavourless. Similarly with another offbeat starter, olive piyaz. Normally piyaz is a bean and salad mixture with vinagrette, in this case the beans were dumped entirely and replaced with green olives, resulting in (more or less) a plateful of olives in vinegar. I like olives, but I'm not sure anyone could really eat this many served like this! Still, it's nice to see something that's both veg. and different from the usual.

Good aspects of Ciya for vegetarians and vegans is that there is a reasonable salad bar and a number of other veg options such as the more familiar falafel and pide. The staff are also accustomed to catering for vegetarians.

If you're thinking of visiting and trying something new, I would suggest ordering a mixture of more familiar dishes and new ones. Prices are slightly higher than average but can be worth it to find some interesting new flavours.

Pros: Unusual food, Good veg. selection

Cons: A bit over-hyped, not all dishes great, Can be expensive

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Great Salad Bar - Edit

We have been to Ciya Sofrasi twice in the last three days. We used the salad bar - choose as much and as many salads as you wish and then pay by weight. For a good looking, medium sized plate of salad, it was about 10TL/5 Euros. They charge 35TL? per kilo of salad, as a reference. We had a choice of maybe 10 different salad type dishes - bulgar, lentils, pomegranates, hummus, pickled chillies, stuffed peppers and tomatoes?, olives, all featured, all especially delicious. Bread comes with the tables. The 0,5L beers we had seemed to be about 8TL also. The restaurant was packed as Fenerbache were playing close by, but the staff were courteous and helpful in their frantic efforts to seat the line of customers. Very organised, no problems, great english spoken. There are 3 Ciya restaurants on the block, the others seeming more kebab orientated.

Pros: Great selection, Helpful staff, Absolutely delicious

Cons: Felt a little rushed but not pressured, Careful with the heavy stuff!!

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always a favourite - Edit

I ate here at least once a week when i live in the 'bul! Great salad bar and always two or three hot items veggie. make sure you ask "et siz mu?" just to make sure there is no meat.

Pros: veggie items, great juice, outdoor seating!

Cons: smoky (where i was there) , meat possibly hiding if not careful

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Vegetarian Lahmacun is their masterpiece - Edit

Altough lahmacun dish has roots towards Middle East, it is a very popular all around Turkey too. Many sources now specify it as Turkish delicasy or Turkish Pizza. If you are in Istanbul as a vegetarian or vegan, you can also taste this delicious food in its vegetarian version which is unique to this restaurant. Meat is replaced with chopped garlic and mushrooms. I am a vegetarian Istanbulite and I either prepare my own veggie lahmacun at home or go to Ciya when I visit Asian Side of Istanbul. Do not forget to wrap your lahmacun after filling it with radish, parsley and onion pieces.

Pros: Wide veg-menu and awareness, Good service, Recipes mainly from Southern Turkey -hot

Cons: Far from city center -European side-

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Don't miss out! - Edit

I love Ciya!!! If I am over on the Asian side (it's in Kadikoy, one of the most beautiful and relaxing parts of the city) I almost always eat here. I also try to bring my guests here when I have friends/family visiting from abroad.
The owner of Ciya, Musa, has painstakingly researched foods from different regions in Turkey, and you can get foods here you won't find elsewhere, unless you travel all of Turkey. They also cook seasonal specialties, like stuffed artichokes or stuffed zucchini blossoms in the spring. The restaurant has been reviewed in many top international food magazines and for good reason. The staff are very attentive and friendly, and its moderately priced, so there is no reason not to go!
Ciya is a kebab place, and is not explicitly geared toward vegans and vegetarians, however, there are always lots of choices. They usually have some hot entrees to choose from, in addition to the salad bar. My favorite is the boiled bulgur balls, which you can have served with or without yogurt. The salad bar has a wide selection of salads to choose from. You choose what you want, and are charged by the weight.
Ciya own several restaurants on the same street, and some of them serve alcohol and some don't. If you want to drink, make sure you go to the correct one.
My advice to you!!! Take a boat over to Kadikoy (from Eminonu, Karakoy, or Besiktas) spend a day walking by the seaside and exploring the markets, and have a lovely dinner at Ciya!!!

Pros: Excellent food, Great selection, Good service

Cons: None!!!

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