Istanbulfood’s picks

Kantin – Istanbul

Let’s see… A couple of stairs, enter through the glass door, greeted by smiling faces, crowd is eating happily, yes again full, should I wait for a table at the terrace or anywhere, let’s see what is on the big board today… White table clothes and fresh flowers meet the…

Çayırcı – Antakya

Antakya is a heaven of tastes and if you are a local and have a food hunch like me, it even tastes better! Çayırcı Bakla and hummus is one of the many to taste. You have to go there in the morning and forget about the lunch you are planning,…

Abdo Döner – Antakya

At Abdo,the dürüm’s taste is zingy, meaty, peppery and the lavaş is crunchy… It is different then any other you had, making you addicted. The dürüm – wrap – is prepared different then the other cities. First the lavaş is dipped in to the oil in the tray, under the…

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…

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…

Sora Margherita – Rome

Go to Rome on artichoke season, you will  not regret it. A very small window, one small door. Some wooden chairs scattered outside, for the miserable ones waiting.  A narrow street, a street church. Two women, standing bold and ready to rock. They make Jewish Italian food. Home cooking to…

Jen Cafe – London

Little green corner shop. A-in-the-middle-of-Chinatown- hidden-gem.  One of the many reasons to return London over and over again. Years ago, we ended there on a wet  London day. We were cold and wanted something to sooth us up, physically and mentally. Then we saw this little window display, where a…

Yank Sing – San Francisco

A long ceremony. A big pot of jasmine tea. Smiling Chinese people surround you. No music. Not needed. A slight clanging sound in the air. Dim sum carts rolling up to your table. The Cantonese delicacy. The moment we were waiting for. Just say tea and begin to choose from…