Istanbulfood’s picks

Ethem Tezçakar Usta, looking over us…

Everywhere you can have Turkish coffee. But should you? NO! There are certain things about a decent cup of Turkish coffee. The quality of the coffee, freshness, water, pot, heat source and the person preparing it. But there is another big issue, the place you drink it at. The atmosphere,…

Kaymakçı Pando Amca! The one and only!

Breaks my heart to write about it… Pando Amca passed away at the age of 92. İstanbul lost one if her oldest esnaf’s. We lost an era… He will always be remembered. May he rest in peace.  (April 11th, 2018) Unfortunately… Pando Amca was evicted from his little shop in…

Meat and more meat at Çankaya Lokantası

Ankara, my hometown makes me wonder around the tastes I am familiar with. One being döner, I can easily say that I had the best döner sandwiches topped with onions and parsley through my school years. Have to mention the onion, because döner is best enjoyed with onions… Being their…

José, the man of tapas!

Walking down Bermondsey Street, hands full after hitting Borough Market, we were desperatelly hungry and a little bit beaten, just a little. I read a lot about chef Jose Pizarro, been following him from Brindisa days, happy that he got his own place to share his magic with us, the rest. When…

Fauna at Bozcaada!

Sorry to say Fauna at Bozcaada is now closed! We will be waiting for Ibrahim Tuna and his magical pasta, till the next opening! Fingers crossed! — Our long missed Fauna, the pasta temple, opened its door to its devoted customers at Bozcaada, where it will be serving during summer…

Lahmacun – Oğuzeli, Gaziantep

A sweet autumn noon, I took a bus to Oğuzeli to capture the the preparations for winter, wondering what is left out. After a bus drive for 40 minutes, I arrived the tiny town, without knowing it was such a small town… A little roundabout, baker, butcher, little grocery shop…

Katmer – Gaziantep

The thin flaky piece, so simple it is a true sin. I present you katmer. A mini tiny ball of dough, pulled and pulled by hand, thrown on the air like a pizza disk,  when it reaches its paper thin form, it is sprinkled with pinches of süt kaymağı or kaymak…

Ciğerci Ali Haydar – Gaziantep

5.00am, first buzz, snooze. 5.15am again then jumped out of bed around 5.30am remembering why!  I was on my way to Ali Haydar for morning liver kebab! How could I forget! I took a taxi and at 6.00am and one minute later I was in front of the small, smoky,…