Our Team
Because it's not as much fun doing it alone...

We all come from different places, we’ve different interests and skills; but we know that we want to move forward in the same direction. Our desire is to create a healthy, enjoyable, and sustainable life in our big city for ourselves and for future generations. We realize that’s not easy, but it’s not impossible either. One thing is for sure–we don’t want to do it alone…
Andrew Merritt and Paul Smyth are the founders of an artist collective called Something & Son. They work on socially driven projects that often involve building a community around a common goal. Andrew and Paul designed an installation called EK BİÇ LIBRARY for the Istanbul Design Biennial back in 2014 that became our first public intervention, and the seed of our community. We’ve come a long way since we shared the soup and salad we made with out first harvest from the EK BİÇ LIBRARY with our followers. We now have a pretty serious quick service restaurant and catering operation. We even built a central kitchen in an old bread factory to extend our capabilities into baked goods. Fatmanur Çalık, Ayşegül Tok, and Abdullah Koçak are three friends from culinary school who recently joined our team almost like a gang, but each individually promise to be a force to reckon with in the world of gastronomy. Azad Ferhat Taş is the soft-spoken and thoughtful chef leading our young, talented, and energetic team.  He has many (arguably too many!) advisory when it comes to running the kitchen of the future, but one of them is irreplaceable: Tuba Şatana–the food-writer/photographer/guru, who knows how to do it right. Sara Açıkgöz has been with the team for over three years, and still sets the bar for work ethic (plus the yogurt she makes can’t be beaten.) Alican Gürlersoy has many interests such as mixology and photography, and even more varied responsibilities in the day-to-day management of the restaurant; we all hold our breath when it’s his day off… Fikriye Arslan not only keeps the dishes clean, but also tends to our greens whenever she can.  Chechena Badarchy has worked in international kitchens with very famous names, but fortunately for us, her ambition has lead her to fermented drinks and sourdough bread–areas that we’re very keen in developing.  Of course, we’ve the queen of pickling, Begüm Yaramancı, on our side, as well; so we feel pretty good about finding our path in the infinite world of fermentation.  No wonder that Elif Duran is often in front of the cash register, she’s actually an ex-bookkeeper who has had enough of that line of work, and has come to us to explore permaculture. Enes Özer has the difficult job of keeping the place tidy and orderly so that our urban farm doesn’t turn into an urban jungle. And Bekir Gökçe has the even bigger challenge of keeping us moving among our different locations in the city in the Istanbul traffic! Of course, there’re many more names behind this effort, and we constantly look for more people to make this a more fulfilling journey.

Our Goals
To arrive at a beautiful place...

Nothing too serious, but few ideas we live by:

Enjoy what we’ve got today

Eat well, drink well, listen to good music, read; spend time with good friends, engage in passionate conversations; stay close to nature, let nature give us a good workout, nourish us, calm us down.

Aim for a better tomorrow

Make our choices to create more desirable options in the future; support local production, avoid wasteful consumption; protect social and biological diversity around us because no one should have to live in a monoculture

Always go for a win-win-win-win

Create value, don’t worry about maximizing profits–just be sustainable in our finances as in everything else; let our suppliers and our customers–even our fellow citizens who may not be aware of our existence–be a little better off while we get better off

Make a difference together

Be curious, do research, experiment, share our learnings; support people who want to contribute; try to help little dreams come true so that we all can dream bigger dreams

Our Ambitions
For a healthy diet, a fulfilling life, and a pleasant future in our city.

Where does the food we consume come from? How is it produced?

These are two questions we feel we need to ask ourselves on a daily basis until we can give honest, straight-forward answers.  Answers that make sense in relation to our own wellbeing as well as the wellbeing of future generations…

As local as we can find,

As “organic” as we can produce,

As sustainable as we can make it.

We operate with these ambitions. We realize that these goals are often in conflict; it’s harder to find local produce in a big city that’s organic, for instance.  So, we’re routinely forced to make compromises; and that’s what we try to highlight in our daily business. When we understand the trade-offs we’re facing, and make conscious choices, we believe that we can significantly reduce the harm we’d otherwise inflict on our bodies and the environment.
Why do we insist on local? Because we’d like to minimize our carbon footprint.  Because we’d like to avoid the use of unknown (or quite well known!) chemicals to preserve our food on a long journey. And because we believe that helping our producers afford to live close by enriches the social fabric of our big city.
We sometimes put organic in quotation marks; that’s because the word has been overused and hollowed out of its intended meaning to some degree. We respect and value the certification process, but at the same time, we’re concerned that it may favor industrial-scale enterprises. That’s why we also choose to work with small producers that adhere to the principles of organic production even if they can’t afford the certification.  But we’re always careful in indicating that distinction in our labeling. Whether or not the word organic appears in front of each ingredient that’s in our end-products, is not a marketing ploy; it’s our attempt at being as transparent on this issue as possible. With or without the organic certification, our goal is always to serve fruits and vegetables that are free from GMOs, chemical fertilisers, chemical pesticides, and chemical preservatives. And of course, we’ve the same princeiples regarding the chickens, eggs, and dairy products that we serve.
Last but not least, we aim for sustainable production and consumption. We realize that we’re very fortunate to have a lot of resources. If we’re smart, those resources should allow countless generations to lead increasingly richer lives on this planet. Of course, we also have the option of wasting our resources, and ruining our chances for a pleasant future. Every day we make hundreds of choices that’ll ultimately determine which path we’re on. Our goal is to show that it’s not so hard to make the right choices.

Our Menu
As local as we can find, as organic as we can grow...

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Where is our food coming from?  How is it being produced?
For everything on our menu, we’d like to know the exact answers to those questions.

OUR SOUPS 

 Regular  8TL          Large  12TL

5 new soups every week

At least two vegetarian soups, one of them vegan…

Certainly one gluten-free…

Definitely one low-calorie…

Absolutely five delicious and nutritious soups…

Please call for this week’s specials.

  We make pretty much everything we serve from scratch.
That’s the best way of knowing where they came from, and how they were produced.
We make our own buttermilk.
Because we can’t make Ranch dressing without buttermilk.
(Well, we could–but would you want to put a Ranch dressing
made entirely with mayo on your lovely salad?)
We also make our Caesar dressing from scratch.
Call us obsessed, call us crazy, but we even attempt making the Worcestershire sauce
for the Caesar dressing ourselves–using local ingredients as much as possible.
We don’t want anything from a sealed bottle or a can to come between us
and the answers to the two questions above.

SALAD SPECIALS

22,50TL

 Please inquire about our weekly salad specials.

WRAP SPECIALS 

 22,50TL 

 Please inquire about our weekly wrap specials.

CREATE YOUR DREAM SALAD/WRAP

3 Toppings 16,50 TL      5 Toppings 22,50 TL      Extra Toppings 3,5 TL
1- Choose your greens


 Lettuce


 Arugula


 Mixed Greens


2- Choose your toppings


Black olives

Green pitted olives

Carrots

White cabbage

Ezine feta cheese

Mixed pickled veggies

Humus


Sundried tomatoes

“Maş” beans

Lentils

Boiled egg

Capers


Buckwheat 

Oven-roasted potatoes

Caramelized onions

Apple

Bean, lentil, radish, and alfalfa sprouts  

Pumpkin

Red cabbage

x2  toppings

Various cheeses

Dried Fruits

Various Nuts

x3  toppings

Organic grilled chicken

3- Pick your dressing
One serving included; extra servings 1 TL each


Olive oil-lemon dressing

Spicy olive oil-lemon dressing

Balsamic dressing

Tahini dressing


Ranch dressing

Mustard dressing

Honey-mustard dressing


Yoghurt dressing

Spicy Aioli 

Pomegranate dressing 


4- Chop or mix
5- Choose your bread or pita


Pita (for Wraps)

Whole wheat pita


Bread (for Salads)

Extra bread TL

Organic whole wheat bread

Buckwheat bread



COLD DRINKS


Savory

8TL

Spicy Ayran

Ayran with Herbs

Plain Ayran


Sweet

12TL

Kale and pear Smoothie

Kiwi and banana Smoothie

Fig and walnut Smoothie


Cold Press 

12 TL

Pear + Carrot + Ginger

Kiwi + Spinach + Lemon

Orange + Tangerine + Grapefruit


HOT DRINKS

Mix your own tea 

Up to 3 plants 6 TL

Please ask for our current selection of over 20 plants.

Or try our creations

6 TL

Perk up! 

Freshen up! 

Relax! 

Remember! 

Don’t worry! 

Be happy!