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“Best Manti I ever had in Turkey”

Zeytin Cafe ve Ev Yemekleri
Ranked #3 of 89 Restaurants in Urgup
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$1 - US$7
Cuisines: Turkish, Healthy
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Restaurant details
Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: After-hours, Breakfast, Delivery, Reservations
Description: If you are looking for home-made traditional Anatolian dishes, you are at the right address. Located in the centre of Urgup, Cappadocia, Zeytin Cafe ve Ev Yemekleri (Cafe and Homemade food) serves breakfast, lunch and evening meals. Our menu is made up of a small selection of delicious family recipes prepared daily from fresh seasonal produce. The menu changes every day and there is always a vegetarian dish as well as home-made desserts, soups and salads.Try our home-made manti (Turkish ravioli with a yoghurt sauce), our stuffed vine-leaves, the soup of the day or some of the selection of home-baked desserts. You won't be disappointed!
Royal Oak, Michigan, United States
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Best Manti I ever had in Turkey”
Reviewed 19 October 2013

I have lived in Turkey for 3 years, and this was the best manti I ever have tasted. Lots of butter and garlic. My kids enjoyed their meals too---picking from what was available that day. A nice pace to have lunch.

  • Visited October 2013
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Thank Alyce H
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Bethesda, Maryland
Level 4 Contributor
48 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Warm and inviting with very good food”
Reviewed 4 October 2013

Ate at 3 different restaurants for dinner in Urgup, and while each meal was actually quite good, I enjoyed my meal at Zeytin Cafe the most. I think the reason was due to a combination of good food, warm and very friendly atmosphere, and an opportunity to order my meal directly from the lady who owns, runs and cooks all the food at the restauarnt. It was an engaging experience that simply produced a memorable meal.

The menu changes daily, depending on what the owner bought to prepare. However, the food is traditional Anotolian, so you get all the good spices, flavors, meats and vegetables found in this regions dishes. There were no appetizers or mezzes on the blackboard menu, but I simply asked if I could start with something simple and she quickly put together 2 artickoes hearts, warmed, with little chunks of potatoes, peas and tomato, sizzled with some oil. My dinner was the "special" - Manti (ubiquitous for sure, but I had not had it yet, so my timing was perfect). With the meal came bread, oil, spices, and some pickled veggies. Way more than I could eat, and with tea the total bill came to $16 lira. (Each of my previous 2 dinners cost more than twice that.)

The restaurant is on the small size but that simply made it cozy. Previous reviews have remarked on a language barrier but that is NOT the case. The owner speaks English fine and is also fluent in German. The walls have pictures of what you would expect with one standout exception: a photo of Charlie Chaplin from one his movies. I asked about it and the owner said her daughter found it in Istanbul and she liked it a lot so it now hangs on one wall.

  • Visited October 2013
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Thank seddonroad
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Level 2 Contributor
8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Quaint shop in a small town”
Reviewed 4 October 2013

My partner and I enjoyed our dinner here. Excellent service and food from the lady n the staff. She explained each of the dishes and changes menu daily. At the end of the meal, provided us with free çay (Turkish Tea). The small gestures and kind people in Urgup made our trip enjoyable.

Visited October 2013
Thank Nalysha21
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Newport Beach, California
Level 5 Contributor
87 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
“great stop home made food”
Reviewed 2 October 2013

had lunch at this little gem of a restaurant while in urgup and what a gem it is. Homemade excellent food. We went at lunch and were lucky enough to get a table as it was filled up. We ate outside -. YOu go inside and pick your dish and they serve it to you. No wine, but beer and really really good food. Not sure what it was i ate but it was vegetarian and amazing. a definite must eat meal while here in urgup and they were soooo nice.!!!

Visited September 2013
Thank travelmika
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Ottawa, Canada
Level 6 Contributor
324 reviews
173 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 115 helpful votes
“Not haute cuisine, but not to be missed.”
Reviewed 9 September 2013

Excellent local cuisine in a casual atmosphere. Small family run kitchen serves up excellent ragout (stews) in an austere setting. No menu you select your food at the counter and it is popped into the microwave reheated and brought to your table. Prices very reasonable, it came recommended to us by gentleman managing l'orient Carpet on the other side of the street.

Visited September 2013
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