Even though ready to make soups seem to satisfy those that are busy working or living the single life nothing compares to a fresh made pot of hot soup. Especially if that soup is made by the hands of master chefs.
If you’ve heard about Can Oba before you’ve mostly likely heard great things. If you haven’t heard about it yet, don’t be surprised; the venue is more concerned about serving great food at a great price. Named after the master chef in the kitchen, this restaurant is a minor phenomenon, described by Vedat Milör as “a restaurant befitting of Istanbul”.
- Even though Shorba, meaning ‘salted water’ in Farsi, features a menu focused on soup you can also find recipes from Turkish and international cuisine. As expected the menu features a wide variety of soups. This venue is actually the continuation of Çorba da Çorba (Soup Soup) in Ataşehir but it changed its name to Shorba for they aim to become an international chain.
Kanaat Lokantasi has been serving customers in Üsküdar for 73 years. Every morning it opens its doors at 6 am preparing to serve soup to its regulars who drink it for breakfast. Everyday the restaurant makes 5 soups; ayak-paça (calves-foot) soup, işkembe (tripe) soup, mercimek (lentil) soup, ezogelin (red lentil and bulgur) soup, while the 5th option varies. The 5th soup is sometimes yayla (yogurt) soup, tomato soup, or chicken broth with rice or orzo soup.
Hünkar Lokantası, famous for its paça (calves-foot) soup, opened in 1950 in Fatih, continued operating in Nişantaşı for a while and also has a branch in Etiler. The other soup varieties change on a daily basis. Among them are yayla (yogurt) soup, strained lentil soup, milky hunker soup, milk spinach soup, milky noodle soup, tripe soup, vegetable soup, and green lentil soup.
The Kıtır Bey’le Çıtır Hanım is a unique and delicious dish on the menu made up of red meat and wheat bread. Enjoy one of the their salads on the side. The lemonade and alcoholic beverages are the most preferred options off the drinks menu. The red wine tomato soup has become a classic. If you haven’t been to Kaktüs yet we strongly suggest you do so immediately for it is one of Beyoğlu’s must-see venues. Kaktüs opened another branch in Cihangir that is a bit more spacious and features a winter garden. The menu is more or less the same except for some minor differences. The only constant is the warm Kaktüs atmosphere.
Located in Gayrettepe and Etiler, Şayan is one of the city’s most famous and fashionable restaurants. Among the most delicious soups on the menu, prepared by chef Hüseyin Özen, are the tripe, damar (vein), and calves-foot soup. Of course for those who don’t like meat lentil soup and tomato soup are also available. Şayan, one of Istanbul’s most fashionable venues, can accommodate 100 people, with a 50-person capacity indoor area and a 50-person capacity garden. This is the last stop for many people after a long night of partying, especially football players and singers. It is especially full on the weekends in the middle of the night.