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Meet the Chef

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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.

1382 Verified Diner Reviews

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Total Score

8.9
1382 reviews
Recommended
(9.1)
Food
(8.9)
Service
(9.1)
Value for money
(8.0)
Atmosphere
(8.9)

dined on Sat, 19 Oct 2019

(9)
Beautiful turkish food and fantastic service. Honestly my favourite place to get a full turkish breakfast in Sydney (and for $30 a head that's great value). This weekend we tried the $49 BBQ feast. The smoked labna was divine. The meats were delicious. I think my only complaint is how long all the food took to come out but that was a minor thing compared to the quality of the food itself. Highly recommend this restaurant.

dined on Wed, 16 Oct 2019

(10)
I really liked the food and the service was excellent.

dined on Sat, 12 Oct 2019

(10)
What a fantastic restaurant! Food is incredibly delicious and a really different experience. The service is probably the best we have ever encountered. Very highly recommended!

dined on Sun, 6 Oct 2019

(10)
Food was excelllent, the hummus and lamb dishes were standouts. We had the banquet which was great, looking forward to going back and ordering off the menu.
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dined on Fri, 20 Sep 2019

(10)
Delicious food and even better cocktails!! Try the Turkish coffee martini!

dined on Sun, 8 Sep 2019

(9)
Really great find! The folks at Efendy seem very passionate about what and how they serve and it was a very enjoyable experience. Already planning my next visit.

dined on Sat, 7 Sep 2019

(10)
You can't fault this upmarket Turkish restaurant in a beautiful old house in Balmain - the food is always innovative and wonderful - we love the Turkish wines and the staff really help you choose the best on the menu! We'll be back

dined on Sat, 10 Aug 2019

(9)
Great Food! Great service! We love to go to Efendy for a special occasion.

dined on Fri, 9 Aug 2019

(9)
Efendy is the best Turkish restaurant in Sydney. The food is incredible - beautiful flavours and interesting dishes. We loved the cauliflower, braised Brussels sprouts, and octopus dishes, and you cannot go past the hummus. The wine list has a solid selection of both Australian and Turkish wines, and the service is attentive and friendly.
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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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Saturday BBQ Feast

When
01 Oct 2019 - 31 Oct 2019
Sat 12:00 PM - 3:00 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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