Istanbul

Sorry, but no: Dükkan Burger – Istanbul

I seriously did not understand what the fuss is about. Always packed, most of the people around me like to talk about this place. They sell only burger and potato fries. So I expected the burger to be a killer one. And it was not! Not in any of its…

Şahin Lokantası – Istanbul

Walking down the Orhan Adli Apaydın Sokak, if you see a crowd of suits and white collars, people gathered, waiting hungrily or smoking happily then you are in front of Şahin Lokantası. Serving since 1967, Ismail Şahin, known as Şahin Usta or Baba, holding his business together, cooking, talking to…

Sorry, but no: Otto Santral – Istanbul

A very trendy place. This could not mask the bad service and bad food. Supposedly 3 mushroom pizza being served with tinned one type mushroom, cold coffee, stale, almost perished piece of cheesecake, topped  with a berry coulis, which could not rescue it. Inattentive, rude service staff. I did not…

Vefa Bozacısı – Istanbul

A narrow street, a little away from the center of town. A historical landmark, since 1876. Crowded inside. People enjoying, chatting, nibbling on roasted chickpeas and sipping boza. Boza, is a traditional drink enjoyed during winter time. This thick yellowish fermented drink, is a little sweet a little sour. A…

Şekerci Cafer Erol – Istanbul

Before you go in the wonderland, you have to decide what you want to purchase, otherwise you feel like Alice falling down the hall. A sweet dream. A paradise of sweets. 203 years old establishment and run by fifth and sixth generation. In the heart of Kadıköy Food Market, its…

Tarihi Sultanahmet Köftecisi – Istanbul

Third generation, same place, same menu. Pure success story. Lot of similar restaurants popped up in years, scattering around Tarihi Sultanahmet Köftecisi. They stayed the original, humble, delicious. Entering through the door you find the grill on one of your side, the cash register on the other. If full you…

Petek Büfe – Istanbul

In  the good old days, when fathers or grandfathers took their sons or grandsons to a movie, they used to stop at Petek Büfe to grab a bite. But not any bite. The name was Artist! A hot dog sandwich, what made all the fuss. As years passed they had…

Sabırtaşı – Istanbul

In loving memory of Ali Topçuoğlu His face was one of the faces I had gotten familiar in the first years I moved to Istanbul. His apron was spotlessly white and clean, buttoned to the last one.  He always had it on. He had that beautiful display, where he got…