Tonton Efendi

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    ( 4 reviews )

50B Karakolhane Cad, Yeldegirmeni, Kadikoy, Istanbul, Turkey

Serves meat, vegan options available. Falafel and hummus place that offers some hot food such as soups, lentils, and mixed vegetable dishes. Specialty is falafel, vegetarian kofte, kuskus. Run by a Jordanian man who speaks English. Open Mon-Sun 10:00am-1:30am.

Categories: Vegan-friendly, Buffet, Middle Eastern, Jordanian, Non-veg

4 Reviews

First Review by skauch

for tasty falafel - Edit

one of my favourite falafel station in Istanbul. it is not much expensive and there are other daily vegan meal chooses with olive oil.
pretty and gentle "effendi", looks old istanbul decoration.
can visit and try falafels if you are in Asian side of Istanbul.

Pros: cheap

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Great Food! - Edit

Delicious falafel with a lovely sauce - and one of the only places I've been able to find in Istanbul that sells it. The restaurant is nicely decorated inside giving it a welcoming atmosphere and is run by a very friendly multilingual Jordanian. All in all a great spot to grab some delicious local and Middle Eastern style food.

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Pretty good food, nice company. - Edit

Sahlatin the host speaks several languages (Turkish, Arabic, English) with fluency, and can chat in others (Italian, Spanish). Ask him about the ingredients if you have concerns about them, he's very friendly.

He usually has vegan dishes of beans, vegetable stews, potatoes, also offers vegetarian potato salad and some other dishes. Does serve meat, but understands what 'vegetarian' means.
The house speciality is his felafel which I can say is probably the best in Turkey. Traditional Jordanian-style, with home made chili and tahini. Offered on a platter with bread, or in a durum (flatbread roll) with some vegetables, it was 5t to go and well worth it.

The vegetarian options are sometimes good, sometimes average. It's not always fresh, and sometimes gets reheated. Otherwise, it's pretty good.

Pros: Friendly host with good communication., Best felafel in Turkey, in my opinion., Open very late.

Cons: Not always fresh bain marie.

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Great experience in Kadikoy. - Edit

We came upon this smallish felafel house late one night whilst wandering the neighbourhoods after dinner. The owner came and said hello and we had a chat, promising to be back soon. I'm so glad we were. He is a personable, friendly, humourous man with very precise English. Being from Jordan, his specialty is felafel and hummus. He also provides a selection of hot food (soups, lentils, various vegetable dishes from the bain marie. The hot food definitely looks all vegan, as well as the felafel and hummus. Feel free to talk with him about the ingredients. The three of us sat, and we received a pile of felafel, hummus, salad, bread, tahini dressing and condiments. We ordered 3 teas and also were provided with three portions of a walnut and phyllo dessert. The total cost was 36 TL/ 18 Euros. It was a very straight forward meal, portion sizes were good and we enjoyed it immensely. A very pleasant experience.

Pros: Easy to order, Everything vegetarian, Personable host

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