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“One of our favorite meals in Turkey--”

Aravan Evi Restaurant
Ranked #18 of 95 Restaurants in Urgup
Price range: $20 - $25
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Good for: Local cuisine, Romantic, Special occasions, Families with children
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Reservations
Description: We offer two diffirent menus for our guests in our restaurant. These include the famous Turkish village cuisine like, casserole which is cooked in our tandir (oven on th ground), local round Turkish bread, soup cooked in tandir with bulgur(boiled and pounded wheat), Stuffed vine in olive oil, haricot beans cooked in tandir inside a traditional clay pot.You can find below our two diffirent menus below. Please make reservation before 5 hours. We are cooking in tanduri oven our all menü.home cooking cappadocia.
Reviewed September 10, 2012

I first read about Aravan Evi in a Conde Nast Traveler article written in 2010. (The author of that article also deemed it one of her favorite meals in Turkey.) It is not a typical restaurant: Because things are prepared fresh every day, you need to call and make a reservation for the standard set menu. It is a small restaurant set inside a picturesque boutique hotel, and you might not dine alongside anyone else while you're there, depending on when small groups are scheduled that day. It's not a drop-in kind of place; it's a destination, and for good reason.

This is Anatolian cuisine at its finest. I had several similar meals during my stay in Cappadocia, and this was far and away the best. The stuffed grapeleaves were a standout, as well as the beans and the main meat stew served with bulgar. Everything was so flavorful and fresh. And the homemade halvah sweetened with grape molasses is one of the best things I've ever tried. It was the only time I encountered desserts like that during my visit to Turkey.

This isn't a bustling restaurant. You go to Aravan Evi in order to partake in a meal lovingly prepared by the mother of Okan, the young proprietor who doubles as a server during the meal. He and his family represent the very best of Turkish hospitality, and we loved getting the chance to talk to him about the family business during our meal. He is so knowledgeable about the preparation of the food, the cultivation of the various ingredients, the history of the region, and anything else you might want to know about life in Cappadocia. Don't miss a chance to enjoy a meal at Aravan Evi during your visit to Cappadocia. The food is as special as the people who prepare it.

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2  Thank eltahcha
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Reviewed September 2, 2012 via mobile

1. For the uninitiated, Turkish food is kebab and kebab. But at Aravan evi, you can discuss the menu that is being served to be as close to a home style cooking of urgup family or what you would feel like having for the night.

2. Our first dinner was a set menu of four course meal prepared by the mother. It consist if soup, starters, main courses and desserts. Not only was the dishes delicious, they were all prepared with a lot of care and I am not surprised with a lot of sincerity and warm welcome as well. I have visited many restaurants in istanbul and surrounding areas but the flavours tasted here is exquisite and completely comforting.

2. The second night, I requested that we have a 3 course of meal of salads, grilled chicken and fruits. Again, we felt that it was excellently executed and served well though very simple but it is according to what we asked for and more.

3. We had breakfast as well and as previously experienced, it was comfortingly pleasing.

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3  Thank Salman68
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Reviewed August 14, 2012

A gem of a tiny eating establishment (attached to a rural hotel). Don't expect menu choice but who needs it if you want what we imagine was a true taste of Anatolian home cooking. 

Cook is mum, waiter is her friendly and welcoming son Okan who speaks excellent English.

Without a menu and prices we were concerned that we would get a nasty example  of selective Turkish price inflation as the meal reached course 4 however at around 35 lira each for a rustic feast we were put at ease.

The best meal we had in Turkey followed by an even better one here the next day meant it was well worth the trip ( and the half day pre booking required).

Make sure you are hungry when you go- you might be offered seconds!

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2  Thank twiceasright
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Reviewed June 29, 2012

The test to enjoy this meal is to ascend the highly angled hill that precedes the hotel entry way. It’s worth the effort. The family owners cook and serve an interesting meal of local ingredients.

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Reviewed June 6, 2012

The hotel and restaurant is actually in the Aravan village. The beans that are cooked for hours in a terra cotta jar in a heated well and all the mezes (small plates before the meal) are fantastic.

3  Thank YakoDogiou
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