Fooding Sessions: SoSa Kanyon

Last night I headed to Kanyon with a friend to check if Harvey Nichols had finally opened up and to my great disappointment, it hadn’t. Obviously, I should be used to this because we’ve only been expecting it to open up for the last two years. Who would’ve thought it’d take so long?
After being greeted by closed doors and a non chalant looking security guard, we headed towards the very posh and luxurious food court hosted by Kanyon and decided after much thinking and bickering to settle for a salad at SoSa. I’ve already eaten at SoSa before but I had only tried the one in Akmerkez which was decent enough.
We were welcomed with warm smiles and seated immediatly.

The Akmerkez eatery doesn’t service tables but the one in Kanyon does. We were handed menus and left alone to chose. SoSA being health oriented, you won’t find anything unhealthy on their menu.
You are also given a list of juices that are available and that were featured in various magazines since healthy living is such a hype in Istanbul (why the smoking level hasn’t gone down is still a mystery though). Our very polite and nice waiter came back and asked for our order. I wanted grilled Salmon which sounded delicious but was told that none of the warm dishes that were listed on the menu were available. I then asked for grilled mushrooms but was told there were no mushrooms. I then asked for fresh iced green tea but was told.. that there wasn’t any either (do you see the pattern?)
I settled for a grilled chicken salad and my friend grabbed a grilled veggies salad.
The dishes are around 10YTL each and the soft drinks around 2.50YTL each (6YTL for wine). The fresh fruit juices are around 6YTL also.
I have to say that I expected better from a place like SoSA, they’ve been open for months, one would think that they’d be ready to provide whatever is listed on the menu. Why list something on the menu if you can’t serve it to your customers? I hate that.
Anyway, our salads arrived and the sauces were on the table so we digged away at our food. I got weird looks from the waiters while taking pictures but got out of it alive. The bread served was very nice, it was whole grain with olives, delicious.
All in all, if you’d like a decent salad, give SoSA Kanyon a try. Don’t go out of your way to get a table there though, it’s not worth it.

4 Comments so far

  1. Meral (unregistered) on October 10th, 2006 @ 9:00 am

    I regularly lunch or dine at Sosa in Kozyatağı Hillside Trio. Decent service and nice salads make Sosa a good choice for a quick meal. And though Hillside Sosa has been open for quite a long time, it’s always a problem to get one of the warm dishes in their menu!!! Whenever I wanted to order a warm dish, I was told it wasn’t available. The thing I get from your post, İdil, is: not to serve warm dishes is a ‘tradition’ at Sosa!!!
    But they make nice salds and as you said their bread is delicious!

  2. Oguz (unregistered) on October 11th, 2006 @ 2:07 am

    I am originally from kozyatagi now living in the US. I can not believe they are selling soybeans (soya) in Turkey. I can never believe somebody from Turkey will eat something like this, the most tasteless thing on the face of earth. If you eat mud from Istanbul’s streets, it will taste better.

    I know this blog is written by foreigners in Turkey, but how can a foreigner attempt to taste something like this in the middle of all those kabobs, doners, kokorec, iskembe, turkish salad, pilaki, kofte and so on….

    Even though they pay me $1,000 to eat that dish I will never put that thing in my mouth. That thing is so unTurkish, and I do not think any Turkish blooded person will put that in his/her mouth. Ever!!
    I feel sorry for the owners of that restaurant, they will bankrupt soon. Alas.

  3. Idil (unregistered) on October 12th, 2006 @ 5:08 am

    I’m not a foreigner, most of the authors here are Turkish just like myself and I happen to love soybeans so don’t get trigger happy and speak for all Turks ;)

  4. Ert@n (unregistered) on October 13th, 2006 @ 11:10 pm

    A Kebab.. to eat or not to eat.. well the answer is this.. Wow the variety of dishes in Turkey is amazing. In Australia its all fast food and over priced Restaurants. Your living in a blest country that has a great variety of food.

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