116-136 Cecil St, South Melbourne VIC
(03) 9696 9640
Work your way through the vibrant South Melbourne Market before heading to Köy Restaurant on Cecil Street. The atmosphere follows through – especially on the weekends – and you’ll find a bustling cafe serving up traditional Turkish breakfasts and gözleme mixed with modern Australian cuisine and premium coffee.
Köy is Turkish for ‘village’, and Taylan Aksoy and his father Alan opened the restaurant in 2011, with a dream of bringing traditional Turkish cooking to Melbourne. Since its inauguration, Restaurant Manager, Brent Walker, has stepped in to help Köy grow and in that time Taylan has opened two more restaurants in Melbourne called Göz City.
Head Barista, Okan Ugurlu, brings his own international experience to the restaurant, an Istanbul native who learned his craft in Sydney. He is a prime example of the perfectly executed combination of traditional flavours with contemporary methods.
Head Chef, Alex Meimetis, has created a distinctive menu with flavour combinations that are both memorable and unique. Alex’s international experience shows – he previously owned restaurants in Greece before moving to Melbourne. The Köy kitchen team pride themselves on sourcing a majority of produce from their doorstep – walking through the nearby fruit and veg stalls each morning helps inspire the weekend specials. Köy Restaurant remains dedicated to supporting the local market and uses as many suppliers as possible from within the local area.
If you’re here for a big breakfast, go for the Köy Ottoman Breakfast – a boiled egg with goat’s cheese, feta, house-marinated olives, fresh vine tomatoes and cucumber, rose jam, sweet Turkish peppers, sigara boregi, pastrami, and to finish, watermelon and halva.
For a light lunch, you can order gözleme to go. Choose from cheese and spinach; spiced chicken; minced meat, or mushroom with feta, onion, capsicum and dill. This is Köy’s specialty and it shows in the sensational flavours.
From Wednesday to Saturday, Köy offers a dinner service that is a perfect fusion of traditional Turkish cooking and modern flair. The menu has a huge variety of flavours, from the classic mixed grill to share, to the slow-cooked meatballs – izmir köfte, with potato and sweet peppers in a tomato and herb stew. Try innovative flavours with the raki-infused goat, served with crepes, sumac onion, fresh tomato, cucumber and herbed yoghurt.
If you’ve left yourself some room, the dessert selection is small but perfectly formed. Try the deconstructed cheesecake with shortbread crumble and fresh mango. For the chocolate addicts, you can’t go past the chocolate mousse with Turkish delight and strawberries.
If you’re in town and lucky enough to book a spot, treat yourself to a Banquet Night, held on the last Wednesday of each month where Alex whips up a set menu exploring existing menu items as well as new concoctions.
Whether you’re there for breakfast, lunch or dinner, wrap up your meal with a traditional Turkish coffee and watch the world buzz around you. This authentic restaurant with a passion for tradition is an emporium of flavours that will delight passing tourists and local taste hunters alike.