Turkish Food

Sorry, but no: Kuru Kahveci Mehmet Efendi – Istanbul

Very sorry to say, but Kuru Kahveci Mehmet Efendi’s coffees are so much roasted, pitch black dark roasted, burnt, you can not get the taste of the coffee but a burnt substance.  Why not buy the high quality beans and process it? I would definitely pay more for decent Turkish…

Dondurmacı Yaşar Usta – Istanbul

You bite into the half lemon, catch that thought, then add sip of lemonade, there, you have the perfect tangy slurp of  the lemon ice cream of Yaşar Usta. It is not a shy from lemon ice cream, it is old school. Like all his  other fruit ice creams. When…

Sorry, but no: Kanaat Lokantası – Istanbul

I held myself so long for this entry. It makes me sad as I  write because, Kanaat Lokantası is one of the oldest esnaf lokantası, tradesman restaurants in Istanbul. But the other day, again and again the same thing happened.  Within the last years the quality of the ingredients, the…

Sultan Sofrası – Antakya

If you want to eat local food of Antakya, cooked delicately,deliciously and properly, a must stop is Sultan Sofrası. Metin Tansal is a very demanding boss checking if everything is in order, you may see him in the kitchen or anywhere showing working like his staff. Osman Bey is working…

Food Photo – Katıklı

In Antakya katıklı or katıklı ekmek is an open face bread, aka pide, spread with the home made mixture of cheese, spices, pepper paste, olive oil, zahter. Every home has a different spread, some with more cheese, some with more pepper paste, but most basically the ingredients are the same,…

Food Photo – Işkın

You know this as rhubarb, ışkın or uşkın. Nowadays is in season and I found it on my trips to Erzurum, Van, Bitlis being sold as a street food-snack. This is from Van. Tastes like grass, green plum and spring flowers altogether. It is one my favorite snack and my…

Kristal Döner ve Yemek Salonu – Kars

If you go to Kars, there is unfortunately one place left making piti. Piti is a dish made from a chunk piece of lamb,chickpeas, saffron, a piece of tail fat, and a lot of beef stock. This simple but tasty dish, has  a way of eating it. Piti is served…

Affan Kahvesi – Antakya

Hidden and lost. Forgotten. Peaceful and relaxing. Old floor tiles tell so much. Tranquility covers the place. All over again. We passed a lot of our time here, either chatting with the lovely owner Züveyr Abi or his sincere and cheerful son Onur,  or sipping coffee, or doing nothing, well,…