Malatya (Armenian: Մալաթիա Malat'ya; Kurdish: Meletî; Classical Syriac: ܡܠܝܛܝܢܐ Malīṭīná; Ottoman Turkish: مالاتيا) is a large city in the Eastern Anatolia region of Turkey and the capital of Malatya Province. The city has been a human settlement for thousands of years. The Assyrians called the city Meliddu. Strabo says that the city was known "to the ancients" as Melitene (Ancient Greek Μελιτηνή), a name adopted by the Romans following Roman expansion into the east. According to Strabo, the inhabitants of Melitene shared with the nearby Cappadocians and Cataonians the same language and culture.
Things to do in Malatya
4.5 based on 32 reviews
We went to this restaurant because it was featured on the national news. We were not dissapointed. I had a a"tander", that is, lamb meat roasted with pilav: excellent! Ended eating a double portion of it. Dessert was also very good: Marash ice cream with a sort of baclava that is their specialty.
4 based on 105 reviews
We were there with a friend that lives in Malatya. We had the oven baked fish, two kinds of salad and bread. The service was very good and so was the meal.
4 based on 28 reviews
Yesterday evening we were invited to Beskonaklar Malatya Mutfagi that serves local dishes in a mansion 110 years old. We started with Mercimek Köftesi which is lentil paste shaped as meat balls. Our side dish was called "Cold Soup" made of wheat. Than we had a combo of so called meat balls plate however half of them were vegetarian. Anali-Kiz is served hot, which contains chickpea. The other two were "Sour Meat Balls with Cherry Leaves" and ""Sour Meat Balls with Spinach". Sour plum was used in the first one with caramelized onions and we rated this dish as number one. Our main dish was eggplant kebab served in paper which was also delicious. Fig and Pumpkin sweets with Turkish Tea made the final. We are looking forward going to the same restaurant again today for the other dishes.
4.5 based on 25 reviews
If you don't care about look
Very traditional local restaurant
Test of food especially doner is very good
It is inside bazaar village market
Go to top floor it is quite
Usually family place
Ask for ayran(yogurt drink) not in glass, drink in a bowl, (tas)
4 based on 29 reviews
This place is another kebap house in town. Besides their minced meat kebap they offer sish kebap. Just get there before noon otherwise it might be abbot late for sish kebap as it is very much appreciated by locals and finishes quickly. Salad and their homemade ayran compliments the memorable kebap experience.
4.5 based on 248 reviews
We arrived just before closing, and they only had one dish left o be served - an eggplant dish. Delicious. And te salad was extremely good, too. Finally, dessert was also delicious. I think this must be te best restaurant in Malatya, and the price is reasonable as well.
4 based on 68 reviews
The way I usually judge a local Turkish eatery ( lokantasi ) is to see how busy it is at lunchtime or late at night. And so it was that as I was driving thru Malatya just around midnite that I spotted this crowded, well-lit Kebab and Pide joint that had that authentic look and feel and I said, ok..this looks like THE place. And I was right!
If I hadn't seen the bearded and sweaty chefs hard at work by the ovens I would have sworn that everything was being made by a bevy of Turkish mothers in the kitchen. Delicious soups, pides, spicy lamb kebabs, fresh veggies, crisp salads..served with a smile. And cheap! A full meal with ( non-alcoholic) beverages for 2 (soups, salads, cigkofte, pide , spiced kebabs and iced teas) cost just under 60tl or about €15 (!!! :-))
If you go..then do go hungry..portions are generous..like your tip should be!
4.5 based on 20 reviews
This is the type of restaurant where instead of what are you ordering - people only come for Adana - the waiter asks you how much will you eat. One portion, one and half, two if you are extremely hungry.
4.5 based on 103 reviews
It's always pleasure to eat their kebap. It's pure kebap without spices etc. Pure meat.
It is pretty basic place, but any time yo go there, you would have amazing taste of real kebap.
They are serving fast by smiley and helpful staff.
Enjoy real food, enjoy Malatya
4.5 based on 11 reviews
Malatyaya kızımı ziyarete geldiğimde nerede ne yiyebiliceğimi araştırdığımda Öz urfanın en iyilerden olduğunu öğrendimki yanılmamaışım.Gittiğimiz her yerde lahmacun yeriz fakat Istanbul,urfa,Antep dahil yediğim eniyi lahmacunlardan birini malatyada yedim,Laarikahizmet hhmacun harika,Urfa kebab harika Teşekkürler Özurfa
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