We often make a traditional Turkish breakfast at home, but today we decided to go out.


What a “typical” Turkish breakfast consists of could be endlessly debated.

The staples: tomatoes, cucumbers, olives and cheese
In addition: bread, eggs, jams, bal-kaymak, börek and sucuk


Today we enjoyed a traditional regional breakfast at Moda Van Kahvaltı. The name translating to Moda (a neighborhood in Kadiköy) Van (a city in Eastern Turkey famous for breakfast) Kahvaltı (Turkish word for breakfast).

We ordered the “Van Regional Breakfast” for two people. This restaurant is famous for breakfast just like the city Van it’s named after, a lot of the items served actually came from Van and are specialties of the city from Eastern Turkey.

The table was filled with items such as cheeses, honey and kaymak, strawberry jam, tahin-pekmez, green and black olives, eggs, yogurt with herbs, a basket of breads, tomatoes, cucumbers, and a pitcher of Turkish tea.



Beyaz Peynir – the most popular cheese in Turkey, translating to white cheese, similar to feta
Van Otlu Peynir – a goat cheese with garlic and herbs from Van
Örgü Peyniri – a braided cheese that’s torn about into stringy strips, similar to mozzarella
Köy Peyniri – made fresh daily and similar to beyaz peynir with less salt
Taze Kaşar – fresh, smooth, firm cheese made from cow’s milk

Bal-Kaymak – honey and clotted cream (This heavenly, beautiful pair is a MUST try.)
Tereyağı – butter

Yeşil-Siyah Zeytin – green and black olives
Salatalık – cucumbers
Domates – tomatoes
Yeşillik – greens like parsley, dill

Kavut – a Van specialty made of roasted flour, wheat and sugar
Tahin-Pekmez – tahini paste mixed with grape molasses
Murtuğa – eggs scrambled with butter and flour
Jaji – thick strained yogurt with cucumbers and dill


Moda Van Kahvaltı // Moda Caddesi, No 163/A, Kadıköy, İstanbul