Since opening its doors back in 1986, Çömçe Et Lokantası has been one of Batman’s most consistently raved-about restaurants. Considering its carnivore-centric menu, there’s no better place for meat lovers to dine locally. Start with a bowl of hearty and traditional Turkish soup like ezogelin (a spicy broth made with bulgur wheat and red lentils) followed by main courses including Adana kebabs, lahmacun and pirzola (Middle Eastern-style lamb chops). Finish off with a deliciously classical Turkish dessert of künefe, a cheese-based pastry topped with ground pistachio nuts.
Çömçe Et Lokantası, Diyarbakır Cadessi 32, Merkez, Batman, Turkey, +90 488 213 1776
One of the local dining scene’s most recent additions, Yeşil Vadi Café & Restoran has welcomed a steady stream of guests with its delicious local cuisine since it opened. Head to Yeşil Vadi Café & Restoran’s lovely rooftop level and grab one of its comfy, colorful seats. Try dishes like Russian salad, çiğ köfte (a recipe of raw meat, bulgur and spices also popular in Armenian cuisine) and iç pilav (chicken liver pilaf) while taking in spectacular, panoramic views out over the city. It’s a local entertainment hotspot too, with regular live music gigs in addition to its tasty food.
Yavuzlar Pastanesi’s locale on Batman’s busy Turgut Özal Bulvari has been open since 2006, but the company dates back much further to 1968. In its 50-year history the venue has become one of the city’s best loved patisseries. Originally just offering simit (a Turkish bread similar to a bagel) and poğaça (a focaccia-like bread also eaten in Hungary and the Balkans), Yavuzlar Pastanesi has since expanded its menu. It now includes a whole host of other tasty food like profiteroles, baklava and keşkül – a Turkish milk pudding flavored with almond and topped with coconut and pistachio.
Yavuzlar Pastanesi, Turgut Özal Bulvari 289, Batman, Turkey, +90 488 231 4583