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Turkish cuisine which has inherited the Ottoman heritage could be described as a fusion and refinement of Turkic, Arabic, Greek, Armenian and Persian cuisines. Ottomans fused various culinary traditions of their realm with influences from Middle Eastern cuisines, along with traditional Turkic elements from Central Asia such as yogurt. The Ottoman Empire indeed created a vast array of technical specialities. It can be observed that various regions of the Ottoman Empire contain bits and pieces of the vast Ottoman dishes.

Taken as a whole, Turkish cuisine is not homogenous. Aside from common Turkish specialities which can be found throughout the country, there are also region-specific specialities. The Black Sea region's cuisine (northern Turkey) is based on corn and anchovies. The southeast—Urfa, Gaziantep and Adana—is famous for its kebabs, mezes and dough-based desserts such as baklava, kadayıf and künefe. Especially in the western parts of Turkey, where olive trees are grown abundantly, olive oil is the major type of oil used for cooking. The cuisines of the Aegean, Marmara and Mediterranean regions display basic characteristics of Mediterranean cuisine as they are rich in vegetables, herbs and fish. Central Anatolia is famous for its pastry specialities such as keşkek (kashkak), mantı (especially of Kayseri) and gözleme.

The name of specialities sometimes includes the name of a city or a region (either in Turkey or outside). This suggests that a dish is a speciality of that area, or may refer to the specific technique or ingredients used in that area. For example, the difference between Urfa kebab and Adana kebab is the use of garlic instead of onion and the larger amount of hot pepper that kebab contains.

Restaurants in Ankara

Address: Gaziosmanpaşa - ANKARA
Phone: +90 312 448 29 90

Kebabıstan has served to the citizens of Ankara for more than 50 years, with its delicious kebabs.

Çalgan Meat Restaurant
Address: Alacaatlı Köyü Girişi ÇAYYOLU
Phone: +90 312 239 12 70

A place where you can get rid of the mass in the city. Chill in the nature and have the tasty food at this meat restaurant.

Fige Restaurant /Cafe /Bar
Address: Abdullah Cevdet Sokak No:15 Çankaya, Ankara
Phone: +90 312 438 07 21

Where you can find various types of World tastes and enjoy your time at the same time.

Pepper Mill
Address: Emek 4. C. 159/14 Bahçelievler Çankaya / ANKARA
Phone: +90 312 222 99 33

Serves Italian and American food. Live music in the garden. Tables on the roof and by the fire place can be reserved.

Le Chalet - Etap Garden
Phone: +90 312 231 77 77

Great place and delicious food.

Saki Restaurant / Bar
Address: Sancak Mah. 259. sok. No:1/8 Çankaya Ankara
Phone: +90 312 439 08 80

Located in downtown, however it has an amazing country side setup with various delicious food.

maKKarna Restaurant
Address: Gaziosmanpaşa Mah. Reşit Galip Cad. No: 89/2 06700 Çankaya / ANKARA
Phone: +90 312 436 80 88

Serves the best pasta in town. If you think you had pasta before, try this place, we bet you are going to like it. Enjoy your meal!

Korfez Lokantasi
Address: Selanik 2 Cad. No: 70 Kızılay Ankara
Phone: +90 312 417 05 50

Since 1972 located in one of the most interesting parts of the city. After the restoration of the Mahmud Nedim Zabri Villa, the restaurant gained its characteristic final appearance, where you can relax and enjoy your time.

Agora Restaurant
Address: Nenehatun C 87 1 Çankaya / ANKARA
Phone: +90 312 447 37 86

With its ancient style, Agora restaurant is one of the most popular restaurants in town. Side dishes and appetizers which are prepared by Cretan cooks are the special dishes of the restaurant. Various types of sea food is served with special cigars in A La Carte style.

Address: Arjantin Cad Budak Sok No:6 G.O.P-Ankara
Phone: +90 312 427 85 45

Located in downtown. A nice setup which takes you away from the stressful city streets.

GAR Restaurant
Address: Filistin Cd. No: 35 Gop Ankara
Phone: +90312 447 29 96

Most famous restaurant in town. Serves traditional Turkish food, grilled meat and sea food.

Gümüş Kaşık
Address: İlkbahar M. Turan Güneş Bulvarı 249. S. 83 Çankaya / ANKARA
Phone: +90 312 490 03 04

Traditional Turkish food and additionally various types of dishes from all around the World are served at the restaurant Gumus Kasik (Silver Spoon).

Liman Restaurant
Address: Cad. Ahenk Sokak No 2 Çankaya Ankara
Phone: +90 312 440 15 47

A special restaurant where you can have your meal during the live piano performance by the famous players who are currently visiting the city.

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