My adventure in Antioch cuisine started with my father. He was there at the very beginning when we launched the “Baris Mutfagi “(Kitchen Of Peace). Born in 1950, Mehmet Deveci started the business of food from scracth to support his family. In my opinion my father was great in terms of food serving, he reached the end of his career in Antioch at Women’s Club. My father migrated to Istanbul in the 1970s; he worked there at the kitchens of well known hotels where he introduced the recipes he learned from his mother.
But it was not until 1985 that he started his own business. He opened a little restaurant called ‘Akdeniz’ (Mediterranean) at the Laleli district of Istanbul. Perhaps it wasn’t a five star location, but it was a nice and small place where people enjoyed eating; it had only 9 tables. was designed for trades’ people around the town, and people would go there to eat traditional Antioch food.
Along with his family, he then opened a new place in 2007 called ‘Akdeniz Hatay Sofrasi’ featuring traditional Antioch food. Since then his customers have been enjoying Baris Mutfagi menu… He has built a team originally from Antioch with chefs cooking food from ingredients brought from Antioch.
When introducing Antioch cuisine through Baris Mutfagi, I wanted it to feature the recipes of my mother who in my mind is the best chef ever. My mother Dahiye Sultan was born in 1956. She visits two of our restaurants several times a month to check if her recipes are cooked properly.
The products that we are producing with our brand ‘Antakya Bakkali’ (Antioch Market), are produced by my mother and her siblings. 3 traditional methods are used in preparing the products: Stew, drying and pickling… The reason why we are applying these methods is to serve you products with a longer shelf-life while offering a better food safety.
Akdeniz Restaurant which was founded by Mehmet Deveci in 1985 in Istanbul, changed its place and changed its name as Akdeniz Hatay Sofrasi in 2007 summer to serve the forgotten flavours of the Antakya City where people from different ethnicities and religions lived together for centuries and formed a tremendous cuisine. We developed this cuisine with new presentation techniques and with new products produced after R&D projects and we created the concept “Hatay Gurme”.
You can taste unique flavours of Antakya ‘s breakfast, meals, sherbet juices and desserts in our restaurant. All the spices and the other products served are obtained from Antakya, and the meat is acquired from Balıkesir and Çanakkale. All these products are obtained with giving a great importance to their naturalness and their convenience to health standards. Some of these natural and healthy products are also open for sale with permission from The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs. It is possible toview, taste, and buy them from our Antakya Bakkalı shelf.
Our aim with this enriched cuisine is serving precious flavours of Antioch in a peaceful and hygienic environment.