Istanbul

Halil Lahmacun – Istanbul

Two facts about lahmacun. Must be thin. Must be crispy. And must be delicious. Some with garlic, some with onion. Always good quality flour, meat and a know-how. Tiny restaurant, Halil Lahmacun has been serving to Istanbul locals since 1980. Their success is the sustainability. The lahmacun is crisp, little…

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…

Tarihi Sultanahmet Köftecisi – Istanbul

Third generation, same place, same menu. Pure success story. Lot of similar restaurants popped up in years, scattering around Tarihi Sultanahmet Köftecisi. They stayed the original, humble, delicious. Entering through the door you find the grill on one of your side, the cash register on the other. If full you…

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…

Sabırtaşı – Istanbul

In loving memory of Ali Topçuoğlu His face was one of the faces I had gotten familiar in the first years I moved to Istanbul. His apron was spotlessly white and clean, buttoned to the last one.  He always had it on. He had that beautiful display, where he got…

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…

Çınaraltı Cafe – Istanbul

Early in the morning. So hungry. Just want to have champions’ breakfast. Çınaraltı is the place you want to be. The neighbourhood is calm, near the Bosphorus, the small streets, the smell of burning stoves.The street cats and the locals sipping their tea at their favorite tea-house. Freshly squeezed fruit…

Anadolu Lokantası – Istanbul

This family owned restaurant is a big escape for the white collars from their busy work schedules. The menu changes daily and you can enjoy home style cooking, hot, delicious, flavoursome. You chose your remedy from the glass display that separates you from the colorful trays of food. Pot meals,…

7-8 Hasanpaşa Fırını – Istanbul

Raisin, orange, apple, banana cookies, baton salé, savory cookies with nigella seeds, bran, rye bread, sandwich breads, Easter bread, kinds of cakes displayed on the big oven trays on the counter and over the window display. Busy bee workers, a rush as well as the sweet smell dancing in the…