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Düveroǧlu Kebap ve Baklava Salonu May 5, 2010

Posted by Steven Bartus in Desserts, Turkish Cuisine.
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I’ve eaten in more than twenty cities during my travels around Turkey, and I can say with confidence that Gaziantep stands out as one of the best. Located about 50 kilometers from the Syrian border, the Arabic influence is evident in Gaziantep’s cuisine and separates it from other Turkish cities through a distinctive use of local ingredients and spicing. Gaziantep is also particularly well known for its baklava, Turkey’s beloved layered dessert. Rumor has it that P.M. Erdoğan gets his baklava flown in each week from İmam Çağdaş, the most famous restaurant and baklavaci in the city. I can understand his preference: I would make the trip to Gaziantep just for another meal at that place.

Gaziantep-style restaurants are prevalent all over Turkey, but few replicate the quality of their inspiration. In Ankara, several people have recommended Düveroǧlu Kebap ve Baklava Salonu as a place worth trying for a taste of southern cooking in central Anatolia. So I did, three times, and was generally underwhelmed.

The food at Düveroǧlu is good, but unexceptional. The kebabs are similar in quality to most other places in Ankara, although I did appreciate seeing some Haleb-inspired offerings on the menu. The lahmacun is also a bit better than most. But in general I didn’t taste anything at Düveroǧlu that evoked the culinary superiority of Gaziantep.

Düveroǧlu’s saving grace is its baklava, which is admittedly quite good. It’s probably the best I’ve had in Ankara. However, this isn’t saying much since most baklava is disappointing after you’ve sampled the real thing in Gaziantep. Güllüoglu in İstanbul might be the only exception I’ve encountered to this rule.

Düveroǧlu has two locations in Ankara: the main restaurant is in Anıttepe and another branch is in Kızılay (Google Maps). The prices are very reasonable. Most kebabs are priced around 10TL ($6.60 at 1.51TL/$); four pieces of baklava cost about 5TL ($3.30).

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2. ümit - May 5, 2010

hacıbaba at the konya road is the best gaziantep retaurant in ankara.it s especially known for baklava and kuru dolma.But ı lived at gaziantep for two years.every human being must visit the imam çağdaş or çulcuoğlu restaurant.and for baklava imam çağdaş is better than güllüoğlu.

3. Steven Bartus - May 5, 2010

Ümit, I agree wholeheartedly!

4. gezicini - May 6, 2010

thank you for your observations. I feel almost the same.
thank you!
gorki

5. Pikolet « Eating Ankara - June 17, 2010

[…] is located on Gençlik Cad., not far from Düveroǧlu (Google Maps). The other branch of Profesör is also nearby if you want to check out the […]

6. Andrew - June 30, 2010

Ohh yes this is the best place ı have ever been in ankara. The place looks old but the foods are delicious.

7. Babalaa - September 8, 2011

Steve, I was just browsing your site again and saw this one. This chain is owned by one of my former students (actually his father but you know this means the son will receive the business on a plate if you can excuse the pun). I ate at the one in Kizilay which was pretty good. Needless to say I was well looked after due to teaching the owners son but the food was pretty awesome. They have a few located around Ankara, the most recent located in Cayyolu. Check it out people!


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