Kurtuluş is described as one of the most distinctive neighborhoods, maintaining it’s historical houses, friendly people and a strong sense of neighborly culture. Among the various venues in Kurtuluş, Meyhane-i Ara stands out as one of the most original places, characterized as a chef restaurant with a unique owner. Meyhane-i Ara in Kurtuluş is a classic and original venue that embraces neighborhood culture and offers a unique dining experience. The restaurant is owned by 85-year-old chef named Ara, adding a personal and authentic touch to the experience in Meyhane-i Ara. Meyhane-i Ara has a historical charm, creating an impression of an old place but the restaurant has only been open for 15 years.
The most important feature of the restaurant is the delicacies prepared by Chef Ara, who is a member of one of the minority communities. The dishes are crafted according to his own recipes. Topik (famous appetizer), Beyin, Tarama and Balık Pastrami are highlighted as must-try dishes, representing the unique and authentic flavors of Meyhane-i Ara. The restaurant aims to revive almost forgotten tavern tastes, offering a nostalgic culinary experience. The menu includes a variety of options, including liver and small fish as hot appetizers. Additionally, meat from the Ocakbaşı section is offered.