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Somer Sivrioglu

In 2007, Somer opened his first restaurant, Efendy, in Sydney’s Balmain. In 2015, Somer co-authored his first cookbook, Anatolia: Adventures in Turkish Cooking, with David Dale.Somer opened his second restaurant, Anason, in Sydney’s Barangaroo harbourfront precinct in 2016. As a mark of his success, he is now one of the key judges on the new2018 MasterChef Turkey, a franchise of the international hit show.

1321 Verified Diner Reviews

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Total Score

8.9
1321 reviews
Recommended
(9.1)
Food
(8.9)
Service
(9.0)
Value for money
(8.1)
Atmosphere
(8.9)

dined on Sun, 9 Jun 2019

(10)
Really friendly and attentive service. Loved every dish we were served, particularly the eggplant bomb (a wonder to watch).

dined on Sat, 1 Jun 2019

(9)
The food was great but the service was a bit rushed during our last visit. Overall still a great restaurant

dined on Sun, 19 May 2019

(10)
The food here is really beautiful and tasty and quite unique - different from your usual Turkish restaurant. We shared 5 dishes to share (including dessert) and it was enough food however I just wish we were hungrier and could have tried more dishes. I would recommend going with more people so you can try more different things on the menu. The staff were also wonderful, very helpful and really friendly. We had a lovely evening and will return.

dined on Sat, 6 Apr 2019

(7)
We came here for the food and it lived up to its expectations. The dishes we chose were delicious especially the lamb and eggplant dish which was the best of the night. The service - we were seated on the top floor - was a little brusque and harried. The waitress looked a little stressed even though our area was not very busy. But overall a good night.

dined on Fri, 29 Mar 2019

(9)
The menu is limited which makes it easier to decide between dishes. It's unfortunate that the swordfish wasn't available but will be back to try it for sure! Food was impeccable and you will leave on a full stomach.
Hojjat Soofi

dined on Sun, 24 Mar 2019

(9)
Gourmet, indeed!
Gordon Brown

dined on Sun, 24 Mar 2019

(9)
Amazing flavours and service

dined on Sat, 16 Mar 2019

(10)
A very pleasant experience, our 2nd visit but not the last one- living in Freshwater which is a bit out of the way
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Specials

Efendy Feast $79pp Required for groups 10pax+

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Min. people
10
When
15 May 2017 - 15 May 2030
Sun, Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu 12:00 PM - 10:00 PM
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Efendy Feast $79pp Required for groups 8pax+

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Min. people
8
When
15 May 2017 - 15 May 2030
Fri, Sat 12:00 PM - 10:00 PM
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About Efendy

Young Turks Efendy may mean “gentleman” in old Turkish but there’s nothing old-fashioned about this Balmain stalwart run by chef Somer Sivrioglu, with wife Asli and brother-in-law Fatih Kulle running front-of-house. Fitting then that the broader definition, according to the website, is someone ‘with a traditional upbringing who adopts modern views’. That’s the approach Sivrioglu brings to both the menu which showcases five centuries of regional Turkish recipes to which he has added his personal, contemporary touch, while making the most of the finest local produce. Efendy’s seasonal menu is designed to share, or you can choose to go for their signature Anatolian Feast which features some of the restaurant’s more popular dishes including charcoal- smoked eggplant babaganush and lamb testicles with pistachio chilli and almond tarator. Sivrioglu makes frequent trips back to Turkey to keep up to date with what’s happening in the mother country, and has even published his own cookbook – ‘Anatolia’ – if you want to try out any of these delicacies at home. Efendy’s breakfast was voted the city’s best in the 2014 SMH Good Food Guide, and no wonder: their ‘Van’ style breakfast menu includes freshly-baked pide, an array of cheeses, jams such as cherry, rose and fig, along with hot dishes such as Menemen eggs, sujuk spicy sausages, cigar borek and pachanga borek. Their drinks menu also hits the spot with options such as homemade lemonade with muddled pomegranate or mint, or for the more adventurous, Ayran, a salty yoghurt drink. If you’re after something a little more alcoholic to accompany breakfast, lunch or dinner, why not try a Narosa – sparkling wine, pomegranate and Pama pomegranate liqueur or a Vishnosa – Sparkling wine, vodka marinated sour cherries and cherry juice. As they say in Turkey – Afiyet olsun (Enjoy your meal)! Best dish: kaygana-melted kashar cheese with carob molasses and walnuts

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