If you are an Azeri living in Ankara, i am sure our national food is the first thing that you miss all the time. In this post, you will be introduced to 4 types of food serving in the most popular Azeri cafe in Ankara, Yahsi Cafe. This cafe was established by my friends in 2016 and they make you feel the Azeri culture not just by serving Azeri food but also serving Azerbaijani atmosphere. Lets keep it short and start tasting national Azeri food!
Aş Qara is the one that i want to talk about first. The way Yahsi Cafe is making it is special. They firstly cook the rice and then dry it for half a day. After that they mix meat with greens and apricot and cook them together. Finally, they serve rice with meat on the top of it under the old classic Azeri songs. Yahsi Cafe’s Aş Qara is the best of its kind, to be honest even better than my mom’s. Moreover, prices are pretty low. Aş Qara is just for 18 tl. If you are an Azeri living in Ankara and if you miss your mom’s Aş Qara, Yahsi Cafe should be your destination.
Secondly, i will be talking about an inseperable part of Azerbaijani food culture, Qutab. In Yahsi Cafe there are 2 types of Qutab available; Meat Qutab and Green Qutab. They serve Meat Qutab with absolutely delicious meat. In Green Qutab, greens inside are well-cooked. They serve both Qutabs with sumac and ketchup. Finally, they crown it with pomegranate pieces. Since it takes time to cook, you should reserve it before you come here. Prices are also affordable especially for students. Meat Qutab is 5 tl, Green Qutab is 4 tl. Yahsi Cafe is the best place to eat Qutab if you miss Azerbaijan in Ankara.
Üç bacı’s Dolma will be last main food that i am going to talk about. I kept it to the last because i know most of Azeris love it most. In yahsi cafe, they serve it with fully cooked meat inside and they dont put as much oil as we used to, which is healthier. The taste of it does not let us miss Üç bacı in our hometown. They serve it with yogurt which is imported from Baku as well. They also dont forget to mix yogurt with garlic. Its price is as same as Aş Qara, 18 tl. Once you taste Üc bacı here, you will be one of Yahsi Cafe’s loyal customers.
Lastly, i will be talking about the desert, which is not Azeri-made but most loved desert for Azeris. Tort Napoleon is a Russian desert. Azeris started eating it during Soviet Union period. All Azeris have passion to it so that i kept it to the last. The owners of Yahsi Cafe transport its ingredients from Baku and Ganja. They give you black tea for free when you order Tort Napoleon. Its taste does not differ from those in Azerbaijan. Eating Tort Napoleon next to drinking black tea, under Azeri national songs… You literally forget that you are in a foreign country. Furthermore, its price is just 8 tl, which is pretty student-friendly.
Here is the contact informantion of Yahsi Cafe;
Address: Yukarı Bahçelievler Mahallesi, Aşkaabat Cd. 46/K, 06490 Çankaya/Ankara
Phone: (+90) 531 749 94 31
Working Hours: 11:00 AM to 00:00 AM