Discover exotic Turkish flavours and hospitality
Few people embody Sydney’s passion for international cuisine more than Somer Sivrioglu. The Istanbul-born chef has been winning awards and praise for his deliciously genuine Turkish cuisine ever since he opened the original Efendy in Balmain in 2007: ‘three stars’ and ‘best breakfast’ in the 2014 Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Under $30 Guide; and ‘best dish’ in the 2012 Taste of Sydney festival to name a few. He was the ‘go-to’ Turkish chef for the 2012 season of MasterChef Australia, and recently co-authored the cookbook, ‘Anatolia: Adventures in Turkish Cuisine’, with 150 exotic Turkish recipes.
For Anason, Somer has drawn inspiration from his waterfront location at Barangaroo, promising to deliver a truly authentic Anatolian experience, serving the rich culture, colour, vibrancy and hospitality of his home city on a plate. “Growing up in Istanbul, I always wanted to be closer to the sea so my new restaurant at Barangaroo will be a bit more influenced by the sea,” he says. “It will also be slightly more casual because I want a really vibrant atmosphere. From the moment my guests walk through the door, they’re not a diner, they’re a guest. It’s like I’m welcoming them into my home. I want to transport them to Turkey, to what a happening restaurant or bar in Istanbul would look like today.”
Anason's sophisticated menu brims with Bosphorus seaside mezebar influenced mezes and exotic combinations: charcoal octopus leg with mastic and couscous; cherry tuzlama with dried wild weeds; lamb short fillet with eggplant begendy; while desserts such as the buffalo milk yogurt, honeycomb, and pistachio are the perfect finale. Traditional sesame ring simits, the quintessential pretzel-like street food of Istanbul, will be baked at the custom-made saj oven and served from the cart imported from Turkey, also available as takeaway for passers-by. Imported Turkish wine, beer and raki will complement the Turkish coffee - made with the best Yemeni beans and roasted locally, it will change the way Turkish coffee is perceived in Australia.
Anason is now open on Wulugul Walk for lunch and dinner, 7 days a week.