Istanbulfood’s picks

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…

Borough Market – London

I can not write enough about my one and only Borough Market. The place. The only place I want to return every year. And I do. We choose a Friday for the flight and when land to mother London, we leave the bags to our hotel then hop on the…

Yusuf Usta’nın Yeri – Istanbul

This place became one of our safest places. It is like an escape from that fancy, so called kebab restaurants that try to make us forget the real taste of food.  Yusuf Usta himself is in charge of the food, the service, customer relations, well, everything. Aligned on the long…

Kebapçı Rıdo – Mardin

A swoosh sound in the air, coming from the special knife called zırk, sliding front and back, on the well worn, literally beaten board, making mince meat form the veal and lamb. The hardest part. The movements mesmerize you. The woods are cracking under fire, getting ready for lunch service….

Keste Pizzeria – New York

Do  you know how many pizzerias there are in Manhattan? I do not. But I was very happy with my choice. My one and only Keste Pizzeria, shining like a beacon on Bleecker street. A narrow, small venue, where you hear a lot of Italian hanging on the air, as…

Baylan Pastanesi – Istanbul

One of Istanbul’s touchstones, my one and only Baylan stands bold, against all the new trends of baking,reminding us that old school is always sound. Ask any Istanbul local, they always have a story to  tell you about Baylan, and their memories from the good old days of Istanbul. You…

Kandilli Suna’nın Yeri – Istanbul

Here and there, tables scattered around the cobble-stoned pavement, under the huge plane trees. If  it is cold you enjoy the small cosy restaurant at the left side, if the weather suits you,  you take your place under the trees, while the breeze caresses your face. The home made mezes…

Çiya Sofrası – Istanbul

Imagine a place where you find all those beautiful regional, Anatolian ingredients cooked ingeniously that create explosions through your senses. The moment you lay your eyes on the small place you are surrounded by great tastes, on your  left the big hot pots and pans laying all colorful meals, and…

Fauna – Istanbul

5 tables plus open kitchen plus soothing jazz music plus homemade pasta equals to this little gem in Kadıköy. For there you find the freshest ingredients forming tasteful plates of silky dough coated with the a la minute sauce… White surrounds you, the smell warms you and sets you up…