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“Another reason to love Turkey”

Sirincem Restaurant
Ranked #2 of 22 Restaurants in Sirince
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Turkish
Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Delivery, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Delivery, Reservations
New York, New York, United States
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Another reason to love Turkey”
Reviewed March 30, 2013

After a day at Ephesus we wanted to get away from the crowd for dinner. Nearby Sirince Village promises to be back to its local life after dusk, so we winded our way up there. After covering the village we were drawn to Sirincem Restaurant by the tree-canopied garden. We were the first to arrive at about 7 pm, but we were made immediately comfortable by the quietly charming young host and owner, Ali. He's a Sirince native and he's got a natural gift for local hospitality. His friend Gökhan, who helped him host in French and English, and his staff did a great job tending to the patrons. When the evening started to get chilly he brought out blankets and wrapped them around everyone. When more patrons came and he was out of blankets, he went inside to get his own coats.

The food was excellent (we had a moussaka and lamb kebabs, along with a half-dozen mezze, some we've not seen elsewhere), and quite reasonably priced (two of us stuffed ourselves, and each had a glass of local fruit wine, and it came to around 60 turkish lira). A fun aspect of the place was being able to watch the activity on the street below from the garden as locals went about their business (tractor driver hanging out at the convenience store, teen knocking over his motorcycle, produce merchant delivering fruits, guy blowing out the fuse to convenience store and everyone getting involved in fixing it). After dinner we chatted up the hosts and got the lowdown on the history of the village. I would come here everyday if I were staying anywhere nearby. In fact, this place makes me wish I had a month every spring to come stay here.

  • Visited March 2013
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  • Chinese (Simplified) first
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Greek first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Korean first
  • Portuguese first
  • Spanish first
  • Turkish first
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English first
Brooklyn, New York
Level 3 Contributor
13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Fresh and delicious”
Reviewed October 28, 2012

Right on the main street as you enter the market area, Sirincem has a great outdoor area under pomegranate and quince trees. The food, service and atmosphere were all spot on. We ended up going there 3 times in a our 3 day visit. I especially loved the grilled Sea Bream which came with a deliciously fresh salad. Good Turkish Coffee too. Proprieter Ali is very nice and welcoming.

Visited October 2012
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Istanbul, Turkey
Level 4 Contributor
25 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“A very traditional local restautant”
Reviewed October 13, 2012

Sirince town has been one of my favorite little Town in Istanbul. It is located right on the top of mountains with so much greens/nature. the air is so fresh and clean here, which makes your appetite better. Then this is the place you need to find ;)

Visited August 2012
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Durban, South Africa
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
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“One of the best places in all of Sirince!”
Reviewed September 4, 2012

My family spent a few nights in Sirince and visited Ali at his restaurant 3 times. The food was outstanding and the setting delightful, but what brought us back was the fantastic hospitality Ali showed us.
His Meze's were fresh, varied and delicious and I highly recommend getting Ali to make you freshly squeezed orange juice!
The setting is perfect - tables and chairs under the trees, just above the cobbled road below. A must if you're in town.

  • Visited August 2012
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Mumbai
Level 5 Contributor
41 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Excellent food, outstanding hospitality”
Reviewed July 8, 2012

if you are visiting Sirince (& i highly recommend you do), you must have a meal at this restaurant. While across Turkey, all hosts & staff were really hospitable & warm, Ali was simply the best. He really took great care of us & guided us all through the meal.
The food was delicious, the open air ambience overlooking the valley was beautiful. But the warmth & hospitality of Ali was unbeatable.
ideally located in a quiet street as you amble around Sirince. do also ask for some of their delicious fruit wines, a local speciality.

  • Visited July 2012
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