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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….

Simit – Istanbul

This timeless, this traditional flavor is so simple yet so hard to forget… Crunchy, twisted – literally -, sesame covered, oven baked savory pastry is a street taste. Some of us like it plain, some with Turkish tea and cheese, some with ayran, some with marmalade. No matter what you…

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…

Karadeniz Pide Döner Salonu – Istanbul

Meat… Tasty, juicy,thin layers of lean meat stacked on each other, rotating on a vertical spit, cooking slowly. The meat is from lamb and beef. It is marinated before, so you do not need to add neither salt nor anything else. The tender and utmost delicious döner is served in…

Karaköy Güllüoğlu – Istanbul

In between the paper thin flakes of dough you see the ruby green of crushed pisstachios… You smell the butter, you taste the pisstachios, then the crunchiness of the dough and the taste blows in you mouth then sublimes you to a new level of zen. This place has always…

Köşem Karadeniz Pide Salonu – Istanbul

So small, but hard to miss. You can take in the teasingly good smell of meat and the butter from meters away and head to  the right direction. The secret is the ingredients and the cooking technique for once. The prompt and courteous service is always a plus as we…

Fazıl Bey’in Türk Kahvesi – Istanbul

Everyone has a secret hiding place, a little safe zone. I have a couple myself. This one is for Turkish coffee. This place offers me the scene to the rush-ness of Kadıköy Food Market with a balance of nice, piping hot, dark roasted Turkish coffee. You may sit on the…