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79 Elliott Street, Balmain, Sydney, New South Wales 2041, Australia
+61 2 9810 5466
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  • Excellent58%
  • Very good31%
  • Average7%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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“brunch” (12 reviews)
“turkish coffee” (19 reviews)
“bread” (30 reviews)
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Mediterranean, Turkish, Middle Eastern, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
79 Elliott Street, Balmain, Sydney, New South Wales 2041, Australia
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Been here twice for breakfast and can’t praise it enough. Fantastic food, good service and a great setting. Make sure you book a table outside and enjoy a very relaxing and delicious breakfast.

Thank Swannie356
Reviewed 3 days ago

This is one of my favourite Balmain restaurants. A great vibe and fabulous food. Authentic with a twist. Try breakfast for a preview and then book in for dinner....not on the same , though, as the portions are hefty.

Thank 923eleanor
Reviewed 1 week ago

Efendy located at 79 Elliott Street, Balmain. NSW Australia. The ambiance was delightful, set in a renovated 2-storey Victorian house, Efendy serves up delicious and hearty Turkish cuisine. With a cosy upper lounge area, and alfresco seating on ground level! The menu has a wide...More

Thank MVI888
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is a special restaurant. Always interesting and delicious food. Nice to sit outside when warm and cosy inside in winter. We had a lovely Christmas catch up with friends and every dish was spectacular.

Thank Carol R
Reviewed 17 January 2018

Lovely Victorian cafe - perfect laid back atmosphere for lazy weekend brunches. The weekend sharing plates with unlimited bread and Turkish tea doesn't dis-appoint. Its a spectacular mix of bread, cheeses , dips, fruit and Turkish sausage/omelette. and yes- it does taste as great as...More

Thank j0urney0flife
Reviewed 12 January 2018 via mobile

We went to this restaurant on a Sunday when they have a set menu which is a sharing plate. When I say ‘plate’ I should say ‘plates’ as there are many of them. For any one who hadn’t tried Middle Eastern / Turkish food before...More

Thank BritOzz66
Reviewed 4 January 2018 via mobile

Just had a beautiful dinner with friends at Efendy. Knew nothing about the food but the staff were fantastic. They explained all the dishes on the menu and suggested which ones we should try etc. The food was lovely...fresh and light, not heavy...great for sharing....More

Thank FishesOnTour
Reviewed 28 December 2017

A great way to enjoy the best of Turkish food, its a wonderful old building, beautiful Victorian architecture coupled with some of the best middle eastern food in Australia. This is not your kebab type middle east food, but rather high quality serious Turkish food...More

Thank RonWamberal
Reviewed 11 December 2017 via mobile

An unexpected destination on a warm Sydney evening. Overpriced and underwhelming pomegranate based cocktail kicked things off. Thankfully the food experience was far better. Delicious flavours and some great dishes - lamb; eggplant and zucchini featured stongly with great spicing. A little disappointed by the...More

Thank Mike B
Reviewed 10 December 2017

My friends from Istanbul who live part time in Sydney took me to this restaurant knowing I would have missed Turkish food and it didn't disappoint... The patlican salatasi (Turkish version of baba ganoush) was subtle and very tasty, and the hunkar begendi I had...More

Thank Ligia J
Take the ferry to the inner west suburb of Balmain and
be enchanted with this picturesque and eclectic
waterside area. A stroll down Darling Street will take
you on a tour of coffee shops, boutique delicatessens
and shops offering wholefood products and organic
cuisines. Yoga studios abound, and live music emanates
from the hotels at night. As the place where the
Australian Labor Party formed in 1891, Balmain has
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$2 - US$51
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Kids, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Open Hours
5:00 PM - 11:00 PM
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
5:00 PM - 11:00 PM
5:00 PM - 11:00 PM
5:00 PM - 11:00 PM
5:00 PM - 11:00 PM
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 79 Elliott Street, Balmain, Sydney, New South Wales 2041, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  New South Wales  >  Sydney  >  Balmain>  > Balmain
  • Neighbourhood: Balmain
  • Phone Number: +61 2 9810 5466
  • E-mail
Efendy means gentleman in old Turkish, but everyone is welcome here. Located on the corner of Darling and Elliott Streets, in a historic sandstone Victorian mansion, Efendy is a modern Turkish restaurant, complete with a basement bar, run by Istanbul-born owner and chef Somer Sivrioglu. The popular restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, offering authentic Turkish delicacies, using local and sustainable produce, prepared meze style for sharing. Lounge and chat in the dining area, where the walls are covered in Turkish comic book posters, while you graze away on meze which includes baba ghanoush topped with pomegranate or gobsmackingly good, ordek borek, duck, barberries and cinnamon in thin crisp pastry.
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