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“Superb food which is well priced”
Review of Efendy

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Ranked #2 of 130 Restaurants in Balmain
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $2 - $48
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Good for: Large groups, Romantic, Business meetings, Special occasions, Kids, Families with children
Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Brunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Neighborhood: Balmain
Description: Efendy means gentleman in old Turkish, but everyone is welcome here. Located on the corner of Darling and Elliott Streets, in a historic sandstone Victorian mansion, Efendy is a modern Turkish restaurant, complete with a basement bar, run by Istanbul-born owner and chef Somer Sivrioglu. The popular restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, offering authentic Turkish delicacies, using local and sustainable produce, prepared meze style for sharing. Lounge and chat in the dining area, where the walls are covered in Turkish comic book posters, while you graze away on meze which includes baba ghanoush topped with pomegranate or gobsmackingly good, ordek borek, duck, barberries and cinnamon in thin crisp pastry.
Sydney, Australia
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238 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
“Superb food which is well priced”
Reviewed July 10, 2013

This Turkish restaurant has both a fine dining section upstairs and a mezze section downstairs. Our experience upstairs was that the food and service were exemplary. The prices for a white tablecloth restaurant were quite reasonable

  • Visited July 2013
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Sydney, Australia
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84 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“Nice food, but some of the prices for what you get.....”
Reviewed July 9, 2013

I recently ate dinner in the upstairs section of the restaurant.

The service from the staff was excellent. The food was nice, however, the pricing of some of the dishes were a bit steep for what you got. For a dip it was $12 AUD for a dip, if you want bread with the dip is was $2.50AUD a piece and $15AUD for two king prawns.

The place is pleasant enough but not sure if I would have dinner here again. I've heard that the breakfasts are good.

  • Visited July 2013
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Singapore, Singapore
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189 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
“Not at all bad”
Reviewed June 9, 2013

We were visiting family in Balmain and they were kind enough to take us along here. Good authentic food and incredibly patient and friendly staff bearing in mind our two year old son was running slightly riot.

Very affordable with the BYO option. A very good neighbourhood option.

  • Visited June 2013
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Sydney, Australia
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58 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“Best breakfast ever”
Reviewed May 28, 2013

The food, service and atmosphere at Efendy are perfect every time we go. Breakfast service is back with a set menu and it is a must. It's a great way to try a wide selection of traditional food with amazing flavours. I love going out for breakfast and this was the best I've ever had, and no poached eggs in sight. The courtyard is the perfect place to spend a crisp, relaxed Sunday morning. We rolled out there so full and happy. We will be back.

  • Visited April 2013
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Thank Michelle J
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Phuket, Thailand
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51 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
“Regular favorite when you want something different”
Reviewed April 10, 2013

Great Meza plate, great up market Turkish restaurant, nice area to seat outside for lunch and always friendly staff. Ask for Somer to recommend food if you are unsure

Visited April 2013
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