Restaurants - Balmain, NSW
Efendy literally means “Gentleman” in old Turkish. No other name represents our style of cuisine better,Traditional Turkish recipes with a contemporary touch, using the best of Sydney’s produce.
Owner and Chef Somer Sivrioglu brings a rich Turkish heritage and a wealth of knowledge to the table at Efendy.
Spending the first 25 years of his life in Turkey, where his mother was a successful restaurant consultant, Chef Sivrioglu grew up around the vibrancy of urban Turkish cuisine. It is these early culinary experiences, combined with his many years in the restaurant and hospitality industry, that gave Chef Sivrioglu the inspiration behind Efendy Restaurant.
He is an advocate of real Turkish Cuisine in Australia and share his experiences in his weekly TV show, Somer'in Mutfagi ( Somer's Kitchen) on Turkish cable TV, UBI as well as on SBS radio Turkish channel program " Lezzete Yolculuk" Journey to Taste every Saturday and a weekly column at leading Turkish community newspaper, Yeni Vatan
Staying true to the authenticity of his vision, Chef Sivrioglu travels back to Istanbul, Turkey (European Capital of Culture 2010), regularly to ensure Efendy reflects the latest trends and stays true to contemporary Turkish cuisine. Additionally, the Efendy kitchen team is entirely Turkish, with each member representing a different culinary region. The Efendy experience is complete with genuine Turkish hospitality - Chef Sivrioglu’s wife Asli and brother-in-law, Fatih Kulle, manage the Efendy floor team, and all the Efendy staff display the charm, attention to detail and warmth typical of the Turkish culture. Such hospitality, coupled with the restaurant’s relaxed and sophisticated ambience, completes the superb culinary experience.