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9.1/10

Excellent

based on 705 reviews
Only users who have booked on the platforms or a booking module of TheFork group and who have dined in this restaurant can leave a rating, with or without a review. The global rating is based on all ratings and reviews but only those written in English are displayed.
  1. Jane N.
    Jane N.
    • 5 reviews
    8/10

    We had a lunch booking, which meant we HAD to take the set menu as a la carte is only available for dinner (even though we called to confirm if a la carte was OK for lunch but was told otherwise upon arrival). There was too much food left over, but we were able to get take away large containers (4 of them)! But it didn't taste as nice the next day.

    Efendy

    Hi Jane, Thank you so much for taking the time to review your recent lunch at Efendy. Indeed on Saturdays & Sundays for lunch the only menu we serve is the Mangal Lunch which is our shared barbecue menu. This was also confirmed when you booked via TheFork (the menu you selected was called 'Mangal Lunch Menu 55AUD'). Our team did try and call you before the lunch to reconfirm your reservation but couldn't get a hold of you and therefore left a voicemail. On a lighter note we're thrilled to read that you enjoyed our portion sizes for the Mangal Lunch and were even able to take several containers home. We hope to see you again soon.

  2. Ann E.
    Ann E.
    • 4 reviews
    10/10

    Service was quick, and everyone that served us was super friendly. Food is amazing - we ordered the chicken thighs, lamb loin and the 3 cheese pide. We got the turkish tea was served with a side of turkish delight. Will definitely dine again and recommend to friends. Thank you efendy for an amazing dinner

    Efendy

    Merhaba Ann, Thanks very much for the great review! We’re glad to see you had a great time and especially enjoyed the food. We hope to see you again soon at Efendy Turkish Restaurant in Balmain or Anason in Barangaroo!

  3. Sinh L.
    Sinh L.
    • one review
    10/10

    It was one of the best experience with Turkish food to be honest. Staffs ran down the details for us with all the suggestions for 2 people. Wine list was amazing. We had a good really good time. Big thanks to Tash, Pricila, Berke and Iso. They truly shown a good hospitality enviroment!

    Efendy

    Merhaba Sinh, Thank you so much for taking the time to leave a review of our cosy Turkish restaurant and in Balmain. We’re glad to see you had a great time and especially loved the personal service provided by our team. We hope to see you again soon at Efendy in Sydney!

  4. Naty G.
    Naty G.
    • one review
    10/10

    The food was amazing! And the set menu for lunch had a lot of food. Very satisfied.

    Efendy

    Merhaba Naty, Thanks so much for taking the time to review your recent experience at our contemporary Turkish restaurant in Balmain. We’re excited to see you had a fantastic time at our Mangal (barbecue) Lunch. We hope to see you again soon at Efendy in Sydney!

  5. Anita L.
    Anita L.
    • 6 reviews
    10/10

    Turkish bread was delicious and fresh. Needed more crisp to it though.

    Efendy

    Merhaba Anita, Thank you so much for your review of Efendy Turkish Restaurant. We’re thrilled to see you had a great time. The team hope to see you again soon!

  6. Fiona B.
    Fiona B.
    • 2 reviews
    10/10

    Fabulous food and the ambience of the restaurant full of character. Highly recommend.

  7. Danilo C.
    Danilo C.
    • one review
    10/10

    GREAT service, staff were all on point, helpful and very welcoming, food was unforgettably WONDERFUL. The atmosphere was inviting and vibrant. Thanks heaps for the memorable evening to all the staff. We'll be back soon.

  8. Camille R.
    Camille R.
    • one review
    10/10

    Food was delicious, lots of vegetarian options!! The ambience was just perfect, we felt like in Turkey for an instance. Service was really good, the staff was very attentive and professional. The made our night very special. We will definitely be back.

  9. Harry S.
    Harry S.
    • one review
    10/10

    Outstanding. Food, service & ambiance all were spot on. They have also very interesting drinks list. I can highly recommend to everyone. We will be back.

  10. Asia M.
    Asia M.
    • one review
    10/10

    I'm not very fimiliar with turkish food but everything we ordered was amazing. Honestly one of the best hummus I ever had! Would definetly go back, service also very good and staff was friendly

  11. Peter W.
    Peter W.
    • one review
    10/10

    We had a birthday celebration on table and everyone loved the food and service. Cosy and warm. Excellent service and Turkish wine succestion by our server. Will difinitely be back.

  12. Robyn S.
    Robyn S.
    • one review
    10/10

    Outstanding as always.

  13. Giselle C.
    Giselle C.
    • 20 reviews
    8/10

    Lovely courtyard and nice variety of small dishes

  14. Maneesha D.
    Maneesha D.
    • 2 reviews
    8/10

    Food was great, our waiter was really good too, but there were a few mix ups with our orders.

  15. Taijel P.
    Taijel P.
    • 5 reviews
    10/10

    Had a lovely table outside with heaters. Everything was delicious - especially the Turkish bread and dips

  16. Oliver K.
    Oliver K.
    • 12 reviews
    10/10

    We've walked past on many occasion's and the smell coming from the kitchen has always made us want to try it. We finally managed to find a time to head out and sample the food and we were blown away at the dishes. Highly recommend the lamb loin! We'll be bringing some friends along for the Saturday mangal lunch soon.

  17. Jason W.
    Jason W.
    • 10 reviews
    10/10

    This is a real find. Fabulous food, very friendly attentive service, and a really charming ambience. Would highly recommend for a enjoyable night out.

  18. Onan G.
    Onan G.
    • 3 reviews
    10/10

    Great authentic Turkish food in a warm setting with efficient and attentive service. Will be a regular!

  19. Amber M.
    Amber M.
    • 3 reviews
    10/10

    We haven’t been in years but we’re extremely happy! What a wonderful lunch outdoors. We will definitely be back. Thank you

  20. Rizwan M.
    Rizwan M.
    • 12 reviews
    4.5/10

    We love Turkish food. It is a usual for us since we visited Turkey. We usually go to near by Turkish kabab shops but wanted to experience the real deal and decided to try Efendy for a Sunday lunch. We were excited that they do a 48 per person set menu as this will allow us to get a feel of how good they are. After all the reviews of this place are great and it Is run by a master chef judge. Boy were we disappointed. I think the food is no better than what you find in any local street corner kabab shop. The Adana kabab was the toughest I have had. The mangal special is 2 chicken wings spiced with salt and red pepper. Same goes for Chicken thigh. Couldn’t differentiate between them. Warm bread came out to be cold tough bread. The only thing good is the location and venue.

  21. Ivon D.
    Ivon D.
    • 2 reviews
    10/10

    Amazing food. Outstanding service. Great atmosphere. I really recommend this restaurant.

  22. Tania E.
    Tania E.
    • 2 reviews
    10/10

    Very friendly staff. Nice Turkish food and original ambience.

  23. Stephanie V.
    Stephanie V.
    • 12 reviews
    3/10

    I ordered lamb kebabs with lavish bread. I was served the wrong dish and had to wait another 29 minutes fir the right meal. What I was then served was 5 slices of lamb over half a toasted tortilla. There were no accompaniments. All for $36! At least I was served a complimentary salad. Very disappointing since I half enjoyed their breakfasts.

  24. Philip M.
    Philip M.
    • 8 reviews
    10/10

    Old favourite. Turkish with a modern twist

  25. Mariam K.
    Mariam K.
    • one review
    6.5/10

    Great food, nice spot. Unfortunately the staff were a little abrupt, forgot table settings and we had to ask for the dessert menu after waiting 20 minutes.

  26. Josie A.
    Josie A.
    • 6 reviews
    10/10

    Delicious as always ! The food is great quality and I love the ambience. Only wish the seating wasn’t so short.

  27. Masoud R.
    Masoud R.
    • one review
    6.5/10

    We had the banquet. The food was tasty, our server lovely. There was a big gap between entrees and mains, and a few dips on our menu were not brought out. Overall pleasant and I’d return but would prefer timing between meals be tightened up.

  28. Kha P.
    Kha P.
    • 2 reviews
    9.5/10

    Loved the ambiance, food and smiling faces of the team at Efendy. We had the Efendy Feast and every dish was delicious. The haloumi and chicken dishes were the standouts for me. Cocktails were a little pricy and the fig one didn't blow my hair back, but the Turkish Syrah ($52) was a very nice drop and went well with our meal. Will definitely be back!

  29. Gunter M.
    Gunter M.
    • 79 reviews
    8.5/10

    The food was excellent, The restaurant itself looks a bit bare. No I don't need to add anything else. Why you insist on writing 120 characters? Doesn't make sense!

  30. Mahmoud D.
    Mahmoud D.
    • 2 reviews
    10/10

    Awesome restaurant definetly go back again

  31. Mike P.
    Mike P.
    • one review
    10/10

    Great food and experience ????

  32. Jenny B.
    Jenny B.
    • one review
    6.5/10

    Nice looking restaurant, can imagine it would be even better on a warmer day. Food was average though- best dish was the ramadan bread we had, service was good.

  33. Belinda T.
    Belinda T.
    • 15 reviews
    8/10

    We enjoyed the food. Many interesting flavours and we really enjoyed the lahmacun, haloumi and the beetroot labneh.

  34. Sarah B.
    Sarah B.
    • one review
    10/10

    I heard that this is a great restaurant and I wasn’t disappointed. Food was amazing and staff are helpful and friendly. With these uncertain times and social distancing staff remained professional and super friendly. They offered Turkish bread and amazing lentil soup for locals for a donation. The soup was as good for lunch as dinner was the night before. I don’t know if they do take away but I’ll surely be back when I can.

  35. Waqas A.
    Waqas A.
    • 6 reviews
    10/10

    Beautiful venue with some great food matched with really good service. I would highly recommend this place for its food selection. Look forward to the kunefe!

  36. Robert D.
    Robert D.
    • one review
    10/10

    Great food and great atmosphere. This was our first time at Efendy, and the staff were very helpful recommending the right amount of dishes as well as advising exactly what each dish was. Perfect choices, and the lamb was particularly tasty. Dishes were served at just the right times, we weren’t rushed and had a great evening chatting with friends with good food and wine. I’d recommend Efendy for a great night out.

  37. Jenny E.
    Jenny E.
    • 2 reviews
    10/10

    As usual the food was excellent. We had a baby and they organised a high chair and space for the pram. The staff at Efendy are always friendly and welcoming. Our go to restaurant for special occasions

  38. Kamila C.
    Kamila C.
    • one review
    10/10

    All the food was so flavourful and delicious! Highly recommend for trying something new! We loved the bread and eggplant dip. The sauv Blanc from Turkey was amazing and well priced!

  39. Sylvia L.
    Sylvia L.
    • one review
    10/10

    Fantastic food and service, as always! Menu is inventive, there are always new things to try as well as old favourites. Friendly, knowledgeable and hospitable - great neighbourhood restaurant!

  40. Virginia R.
    Virginia R.
    • 5 reviews
    9.5/10

    One of the most important aspects of this restaurant is making sure the you ask questions about the menu items, because they are quite different to other middle eastern cuisine. We enjoyed quite a mix of plates and talked through our menu choices with the head waiter who took the time to not only explain the dishes, but also related it to his own personal preferences as a native of Turkey. After we made our selections the head waiter complimented us on our choice, not only from a quantity point of view but he commented that it was a good selection because it would enable us to experience a variety of Turkish dishes. None of them disappointed and all exceeded our expectations. The staff could not have been more friendly and hospitable, as well as attentive without being intrusive. Definitely happy to recommend this restaurant as a the food is different in a very positive way. Once you have tried it, you will be back!