Istanbulfood’s picks

Paul A. Young chocolate anyone?

London chic, in the middle of Soho, on the corner of Wardour street, Paul A. young shop offers you more than a sweet tooth. It is pure pleasure, sinful and you want more! Truffles made from real champagne, caramel and sea salt, pavé, artisan bars… and brownies… the brownies, were…

St. John Restaurant – London

After we were greeted, taken to our table, introduced with our menus, we were ready! We, can eat, and we did. We had 4 starters, 2 main course, 1 salad, a bottle of cider, a beer. You may not find it much but if you consider the animal fat we had, it was huge.

Fauna at Bozcaada!

Sorry to say Fauna at Bozcaada is now closed! We will be waiting for Ibrahim Tuna and his magical pasta, till the next opening! Fingers crossed! — Our long missed Fauna, the pasta temple, opened its door to its devoted customers at Bozcaada, where it will be serving during summer…

Lahmacun – Oğuzeli, Gaziantep

A sweet autumn noon, I took a bus to Oğuzeli to capture the the preparations for winter, wondering what is left out. After a bus drive for 40 minutes, I arrived the tiny town, without knowing it was such a small town… A little roundabout, baker, butcher, little grocery shop…

Katmer – Gaziantep

The thin flaky piece, so simple it is a true sin. I present you katmer. A mini tiny ball of dough, pulled and pulled by hand, thrown on the air like a pizza disk,  when it reaches its paper thin form, it is sprinkled with pinches of süt kaymağı or kaymak…

Ciğerci Ali Haydar – Gaziantep

5.00am, first buzz, snooze. 5.15am again then jumped out of bed around 5.30am remembering why!  I was on my way to Ali Haydar for morning liver kebab! How could I forget! I took a taxi and at 6.00am and one minute later I was in front of the small, smoky,…

Metanet Lokantası – Gaziantep

When I open my fridge for breakfast, I found myself in the typical stuff, shining at me, cheese of all kinds, olives, sucuk, you name it… But all I wanted to have was beyran like I was in Gaziantep. Beyran to sooth me down, to heal me, to make me…

Tevfik Usta – Antalya

Inside the small shop there are couple of tables in the mini börek store, all covered with muşamba, the thick faded oilcloth with big sugar containers, a tradesman type. You share your table, your sugar. And outside couple more tables people waiting for their börek or eating, enjoying their tea….

Leban – Antakya

Leban is the place to eat and drink in Antakya. Being the first and the best humus maker of Antakya, Semir Yoğurtçu and his family, a neighbourhood headman, opened this big restaurant, actually a very old Antioch house just across his very old but true gem mini humus and bakla…