Sydney, New South Wales

2011 Restaurants & Catering - Awards for Excellence - 2011 Savour Australia Restaurant & Catering Awards Sydney and surrounds
Standing proudly in a restored Victorian mansion on the corner of Darling and Elliot Streets, Efendy restaurant is one of Balmain's most popular eateries. The modern Turkish menu is one of the best in Sydney. Great for large groups, the atmosphere is vibrant and fun and the dining room's simple, clean decor lends the space a sophisticated edge.
Opening Times
Corner Darling Street
79 Elliott Street
Tel: +61 2 9810 5466
Middle Eastern, Turkish
Price Range:
$$$$ ~ $$$$
$$$$ = Mains under $20
$$$$ = Mains $20 - $30
$$$$ = Mains $30 - $40
$$$$ = Mains over $40
Fully Licensed (no BYO)
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Efendy Restaurant has undergone a clever refurbishment in order to offer guests two distinctive dining experiences reflecting the true diversity of authentic Turkish cuisine. The downstairs mezebar encapsulates an upbeat Turkish street-food experience, offering rustic tapas-style sharing plates and Tek Tek Turkish-inspired cocktails in eclectic, quirky surrounds. With an emphasis on punchy flavours and charcoal cooking, it's the perfect spot to kick back with friends. Upstairs at Efendy lies an elegant insight into authentic Turkish cuisine, presented with a modern twist. Simple, clean decor lends the space a sophisticated edge.

The menu at Efendy features a variety of meze and larger dishes to share that represent the different regions of Turkish Cuisine. Mini pide baked fresh to order are served with extra virgin olive oil and sticky pomegranate molasses, while manti dumplings are re-imagined with tuna, crab and dried yoghurt. Chef and owner Somer Sivrioglu says: "I wanted to offer Sydney guests a snapshot of the vibrancy and diversity of the Turkish drinking and dining experience. I am in Istanbul regularly and often like to go out to a place with a buzzing vibe to drink cocktails and share meze plates - this is what the downstairs mezebar is all about. Other times, I want refined Turkish dining where the focus is just on the food – Efendy upstairs showcases this."
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120 pax
Award Winning / Hatted
Function for 50-100
Late Night Dining
Suitable for Groups of 10
This restaurant does not have any awards.
79 Elliott Street,
Corner Darling Street
Balmain NSW 2041
On the corner of Darling and Elliot Street's, Balmain.
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Ginny - 2/01/2012
We ate here on New Years Day evening ad had the most delicious, tasty food in a beautiful setting. We ate outside in the courtyard and the staff were most attentive. We chose a selection of 3 of 6 freshly prepared meze dips - roasted eggplant with pomegranate seeds, grated carrot in white wine and olive oil and dill - so moreish and a very tasty eggplant, roasted tomato and olive oil potato dish - served with ample pide (Turkish bread). We shared all our meal so then we had the lambs liver and one of our party had to be have the lambs testicles - actually both dishes really good. Then we shared a piece of slow cooked shoulder of lamb, courgettes (zucchini) and feta fritters and a refreshing salad of rocket, pear and walnut. Dessert - divine baclava, fig and honey cake and heavenly ice-cream. Definitely a must go too.
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