Simply put, Farfara does justice to the cuisine of Hatay, whose most popular dishes include kaytaz böreği (pastry with ground beef and tomato paste), katıklı ekmek (a mini pide with dry-curd cottage cheese and spices) and içli köfte (bulgur patties stuffed with ground beef). The brainchild of Özyeğin University chef instructor Osman Bahadır, the eatery serves a delicious assorted platter (24 TL), which comes with the abovementioned dishes as well as eight etli sarma (grape leaves stuffed with ground beef). The sarma are perfectly skinny, and you’ll immediately notice the tart taste of real pomegranate molasses. There are also salads, sandwiches and köftes as well as a daily changing menu of lunch specials. The only acceptable excuse for passing on traditional Hatay dishes is to try the Farfara burger (17 TL), which comes with hummus and muhammara (a garlicky hot pepper dip with crushed walnuts, tahini, olive oil and lemon juice) on homemade buns and potato chips. With so many flavorful options, one visit just won’t be enough.
Fuat Sarp Sokak, 2/E