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“A refreshing change from the usual Turkish food.”
Review of Somatci Fihi Ma Fih Restaurant - MOVED

Somatci Fihi Ma Fih Restaurant
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Turkish, Healthy, Central Asian, International
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Good for: Kids, Business meetings, Special occasions, Romantic, Local cuisine, Families with children
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Breakfast, Lunch, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Cash Only, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Description: One and only in World Seljuk and Mevlevi Cuisine
Elmira, New York
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26 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“A refreshing change from the usual Turkish food.”
Reviewed May 10, 2013

Somatcı (note that the letter 'i' is undotted on the end, and it is pronounced "So- maht- juh"), is a nice change from the usual fare. That said, I do agree with another reviewer who commented that the portions are small. They are certainly very small for what you generally get in Turkey. Nevertheless, I do recommend going there, just to experience a nice meal.

The building is like an old home. Some of the rooms offer a traditional large round table and divan-style seating that is basically on the floor. They bill themselves as offering authentic Mevlevi and Ottoman cuisine. While there is some truth to this, I did feel that many of the dishes simply have a more Persian influence. For example, there are many stews served with fruit that are variations of Persian khoresht dishes. The only thing is that the pilaf and bread are more Turkish than Persian. The dishes were more simple than the very complex Ottoman dishes served at restaurants like Çirağan Sarayı in Istanbul. They offer vegetarian dishes, as well as some gluten-free dishes (the latter is something very difficult to find in Turkey).

The meal is first served with a small shot of diluted vinegar and honey, which they explained was the Mevlevi version of şerbet.

Following that, I had:

Cevizli közlenmiş biber çorbası
(Walnut and roasted red pepper soup)

This was a delight, as it was very light and flavourful. Both the peppers and walnuts in Turkey are exquisite.

Nar taneli mevsim salata
(Seasonal salad with pomegranate syrup)

The English version of the menu made it seem like it would have pomegranate seeds, but the dressing was nice.

Tarhana kavurması
(Fried Tarhana)

I had never eaten Tarhana before. It is something like Persian keshk or kurutob, but made with some wheat.

İspanakli enginar
(Spinach-stuffed artichoke)
This was nice, but not necessarily remarkable.

Tava kebap
('Skillet kebap')
This dish is said to be made with a sauce of 12 different root vegetables. It is basically a form of very flavourful roux. The meat was an excellent filet; much higher quality than most kebaps in Turkey. While I enjoyed it very much, I must say that the portion size was VERY small. The meat was probably about 100 grams.

For desert, I had all three that they offered:

İncir dolması
(A fig stuffed with walnut)

Badem helvası
(Almond Halva)

Somatçı pekmezli ayva tatlısı
(Preserved quince)
The quinces in Turkey are large and fruity, almost like pears.

All washed down with another glass of şerbet of rosewater and some Turkish tea.
Normally, I don't eat deserts in Turkey, as they are very sweet, but these are not the usual sticky baklava, etc. I highly recommend having them.

I would have given this place 5 stars if their portions were larger, especially considering the price. Nevertheless, it was a nice break from the usual fare found in Turkey.

  • Visited May 2013
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Ankara, Turkey
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9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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“Good story and delicious food”
Reviewed May 7, 2013

I liked the story of the restaurant owner, his ambition to try something different in Konya. I also liked the open kitchen very trustworthy.

Visited March 2013
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Thank PelinKO
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Berlin
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14 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
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“Perfect to experience 15th century!”
Reviewed May 5, 2013

This place is the discovery; the resulted research about recipes and dining styles of 1400s, the time of Dervishes.
The meals are delicious and definitely differ from the classical Turkish restaurants. Here, you can't find kebab or any European meal variety. If you like to eat, for example, meat with fruits or sweet sauce, you'll love this place! Besides, the waitstaff is really kind, they explain the historical background with the ingredients of meals.
The only handicapped point is the size of portions that's really small. But actually this allows you to taste also the soup and dessert.
The price is a bit expensive in terms of Konya, but it's average comparing to Istanbul.
Btw, if you have children, you can find a special kids' menu includes meatball and fries.

  • Visited May 2013
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Brasov, Romania
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32 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“A highlight of a trip to Konya region”
Reviewed May 2, 2013

As a food and culture professional - the meal here was a real highlight of a stressful working trip to the region. Excellent specific food - following a tradition and not trying to merge tastes. Each dish was a discovery - the idea of a 4 soup sampler left me wishing to eat more of each magical dish - as a none soup eater! a miracle.
A the dishes were well cooked and wonderfully presented - service and atmosphere excellent. Portion sizes were perfect - eating in this style is many tasty dishes not a western pig out of stodge!
Hope to be back again in a couple of weeks!

  • Visited April 2013
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2 Thank Gavin B
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canada
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107 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
“have a lunch first”
Reviewed April 5, 2013

The overall rating would have been much higher if only the portions were large enough not to make one feel cheated. In fact, the food was a delight but every single course was minuscule. The artichoke appetizer was one small artichoke, not the 4 depicted on the menu. The beef pot held very few slices of thinly cut beef and the soup did little more than cover the bottom of the bowl. Rice was 1 small pilaf. Regardless, the food quality was excellent and tasty. Desert was 4 tiny figs. The place is a bit dingy but new or at least cleaned rugs would help.

  • Visited April 2013
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1 Thank morgansCanada
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