Istanbulfood’s picks

Damla Dondurma-Boza – Istanbul

One of the hottest days of Istanbul I hit the road to Kurtuluş. For some ice cream and talk. The small, white, compact shop was my stop and I stayed there for hours chatting, eating ice cream and watching the locals, the kids of all age popping in for a…

Tarihi Karaköy Balık Lokantası – Istanbul

If you feel like you are lost, and this place is so wrong for a fish restaurant, it means you are in the right place. Tarihi Karaköy Balık Lokantası is located in Karaköy, in a rumble place. This place was used to be a fish tradesman restaurant, in the good…

Şalgam Suyu

Many  drink sodas to beat down the thirst. I prefer something salty rather than sweet. Usually I end up drinking a glass of herb ayran or şalgam suyu. Şalgam suyu is a local drink around Çukurova meaning, Adana, Mersin and even Hatay. Locals prepare şalgam suyu either for their consumption…

Köfte & Piyaz – Büyükada

In Büyükada, you supposed to eat fish, right? Wrong! The lining restaurants at the seaside, which apply different fees to different kinds of customers, you never know which one you are till you get the bill, you may end up paying an unexpected amount of money, to an unworthy meal….

Büyükada Pastanesi – Büyükada

On a nice sunny morning we hopped on a ferry and began our trip to Büyükada. The sea is calm, a little breeze, seagulls literally crying…and hungry stomachs. By the time we finished our coffee in the travel mugs finished we approached Büyükada. It was about time for breakfast, so…

Çınaraltı – Antakya

Künefe is made with kadayıf, butter, special unsalted cheese and syrup made from water and sugar. It is a very simple dessert, yet it is hard to maintain this simplicity. Yusuf Usta started his small künefe shop, because he wanted to eat a decent künefe in the land of künefe!…

Dondurmacı Yaşar Usta – Istanbul

You bite into the half lemon, catch that thought, then add sip of lemonade, there, you have the perfect tangy slurp of  the lemon ice cream of Yaşar Usta. It is not a shy from lemon ice cream, it is old school. Like all his  other fruit ice creams. When…

Sultan Sofrası – Antakya

If you want to eat local food of Antakya, cooked delicately,deliciously and properly, a must stop is Sultan Sofrası. Metin Tansal is a very demanding boss checking if everything is in order, you may see him in the kitchen or anywhere showing working like his staff. Osman Bey is working…

Affan Kahvesi – Antakya

Hidden and lost. Forgotten. Peaceful and relaxing. Old floor tiles tell so much. Tranquility covers the place. All over again. We passed a lot of our time here, either chatting with the lovely owner Züveyr Abi or his sincere and cheerful son Onur,  or sipping coffee, or doing nothing, well,…