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Van Kahvaltı Evi in Cihangir

On Sunday I grabbed brunch with my friend Şemsa Denizsel at Van Kahvaltı Evi (there are several locations but we met at Defterdar Yokuşu in Cihangir). Within minutes of being seated at an outside table, there was barely room for our tea. Plates bearing several types of cheese (including the classic Van otlu peynir, string cheese, and soft white cheese), tahini, tomatoes, cucumbers, hard boiled eggs, scrambled eggs with sucuk (a dry, spicy sausage), jam, honey, kaymak, and bread filled the tabletop.

This approach to breakfast, a sort of go big or go home mentality, really makes sense to me. It’s a big f-you to the egg white omelet (one of the most unforgivable crimes against food, if you ask me), the grapefruit, and the bowl of cereal with skim milk. It is an affirmation that the recommended daily fat intake can be achieved before lunch, and that the most important meal of the day does not and should not skimp on flavor.

Van Kahvaltı Evi
Defterdar Yokuşu No. 52A
Cihangir – Istanbul

2016-01-07T03:39:46+00:00 April 26th, 2010|Categories: Carbs, Culture, Food & Wine, Gastronomic Traditions, Istanbul, Restaurants, Turkish Cuisine|5 Comments


  1. eru April 26, 2010 at 9:41 pm - Reply

    Scrambled eggs with sucuk looks delicious. Cereal with skim milk will never be popular in turkey. Our culture/habits will not allow that.

  2. Katie April 27, 2010 at 3:02 am - Reply

    it WAS delicious. im a bit depressed that when i wake up tomorrow ill have to settle for a cornetto and cappuccino instead of a proper turkish breakfast spread with cay!

  3. CanM April 27, 2010 at 4:32 pm - Reply

    That Bal/Kaymak looks SERIOUS!

  4. Katie May 3, 2010 at 4:03 pm - Reply

    yeah it was the bomb.

  5. Aydin Buluc May 14, 2010 at 4:46 am - Reply

    I have been to this place September 2010, certainly a good breakfast place; but definitely not the best imho. Some traditional stuff on the menu (for a Turk, traditional doesn’t include Bal/Kaymak or Sucuklu omlet) from Van was certainly eye opening.

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