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Doğata June 20, 2010

Posted by Steven Bartus in Breakfast, Turkish Cuisine.

When I visited Atatürk Orman Çiftliği two week ago, I was reminded that in addition to having very good kokoreç, Doğata is also renown for its Sunday brunch buffet. I have previously profiled the morning offerings of Liva and Big Chefs on this blog, so I thought it would be appropriate to make the trip and see what Doğata has to offer.

In general, the buffet is good. The spread is traditional and features the staples of a Turkish breakfast. Cheese, vegetables, fruits, jams, börek, poğaça, simit and dolma are all in attendance. That is also a station where omelets and other egg dishes are made to order. I sampled the karşık omlet and sucuklu yumurta, and both were very tasty.

Doğata’s main selling point is that many of the ingredients are sourced directly from the A.O.Ç. This fresh difference is quite evident in the food. While there is nothing revolutionary about the buffet, there is certainly a lot to enjoy about a Turkish breakfast done simply and well.

Doğata doesn’t offer the elegance or sophistication of Liva or Big Chefs, although the simple garden setting is a pleasant place to spend a Sunday morning. It doesn’t have the magnificent pastries and desserts, either. But Doğata does have the edge when it comes to price: 16TL ($10.30 at 1.56TL/$) is an amazing bargain compared to the 30TL ($19.25) you will spend at the other, more upscale places.

Doğata is certainly worth a visit. It won’t change your life, but you’re unlikely to walk away from the brunch feeling unsatisfied. Some of my friends even suggested that the smaller selection and lower price made Doğata more attractive than Liva or Big Chefs because you don’t feel the need to overeat, a common pitfall at buffets when a cornucopia of food is placed before you..

Doğata is located on Silahtar Cad. in the A.O.Ç. (Google Maps). In addition to the 16TL Sunday brunch, it also offers a 11TL ($7) breakfast plate every other day of the week.


1. Ezequiel - June 21, 2010

Inanilmaz…ne kadar ucuz! I think I will start changing the usual circuit of Arjantin+Filistin for sunday Brunch:))) Thanks for your excelllent tips:)

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