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1.       alameda
3499 posts
 06 Sep 2010 Mon 11:57 pm

I found this site that gives reviews of eating places in Istanbul....I´m hungry now, really hungry and need to take a trip to Istanbul soon to check these places out.


Look at this one...yum...I have eaten lamb cooked that was and it´s amazing!

The Lamb Underground

The Kadinlar Pazari –

The square is also home to numerous restaurants, most of them selling büryan kebap and perde pilav, two dishes that are a specialty of Siirt, a city not far from Turkey’s Syrian and Iraqi borders that’s home to both Kurds and Arabs.  Büryan is a bit like Turkey’s version of Texas pit BBQ. To make it, a side of a small lamb is slowly cooked over coals in a deep hole in the ground, resulting in exceptionally tender meat covered in a thin layer of fat that has turned crackling crunchy. For perde (the word means “curtain” in Turkish), a fragrant and peppery pilaf made of rice, chicken, almonds and currants is wrapped in a thin pastry shell and then baked inside a cup-shaped mold until the exterior turns golden and flaky. Both dishes, when done right, are the kind of food that leaves you thinking about it fondly for days – even weeks – after you’ve eaten it.


Or this Iftar in Istanbul  Ramadan is almost over, but there is still time to go to one of these

Think of Ramadan as a kind of month-long biathalon that consists of an all-day race to beat back the hunger and thirst of fasting, followed by an all-night marathon of eating and drinking in order to fortify the body for the next day’s fast. In recent years in Turkey, iftar, the traditional break fast meal that used to mostly consist of some dates and a freshly baked round of Ramadan pide (pictured here), has started to become an increasingly trendy affair, with ministers, businessmen and anyone trying to make an impression hosting evermore lavish ones. Still, even if you’re not fasting, a traditional iftar meal at the right place remains a unique and tasty window into life during the Ramadan period. Below is a list of recommended spots for iftar in Istanbul (note – all highly recommend making reservations):

This upscalish restaurant near the lovely Chora Church prides itself on its devotion to cooking according to ancient Ottoman recipes. For whatever reason, we’ve usually found the place uncomfortably devoid of customers during most of the year, but during Ramadan Asitane fills up with fast breakers looking for an Ottoman-style iftar. The restaurant’s garden is a particularly pleasant place to spend the evening.

Fixed menu 65 TL
Address: Kariye Camii Sokak No: 6, Edirnekapı, İstanbul
Tel: (212) 635-7997
Web: www.asitanerestaurant.com

Although no excuse is needed to visit this well-known spot, one of our favorite restaurants in Istanbul, during Ramadan they are serving up a special iftar menu which, like the restaurant’s regular menu, will likely change daily and feature lesser

known regional specialties from around Turkey. Highly recommeneded.

Fixed menu 45 TL
Address: Guneslibahce Sokak 43, Kadiköy
Phone: 216-330-3190

Located in the Asian sides’ Uskudar neighborhood, this classic restaurant is an esnaf lokanta (tradesmen’s cafeteria) that has grown into something bigger and classier, with an almost overwhelming selection of very nicely made prepared dishes served from what seems like a mile-long steam table.

A la carte
Address: Selmanipak cd. No:9 Üsküdar İstanbul
Tel: (216) 341-5444

Unlike Kanaat, Şahin has remained a humble, yet bustling, esnaf lokanta, with two small floors and a smaller menu of classic dishes prepared with a lot of love. It’s another one of our favorite places in town.

A la carte
Address: Orhan Adli Apaydın Sk. No:11/A, Beyoglu, Istanbul
Phone: (212) 244-2543

Sultanzade Sofrası
Istanbul’s Eyup neighborhood and its complex of mosques and mausoleums is a major pilgrimage site and a favorite spot for families who want to have an outdoor iftar. During Ramadan, the historic neighborhood has an almost carnival like atmosphere after sundown. Sultanzade Sofrası, a restaurant serving food from the Hatay region and overlooking Eyup’s main square, is a great perch from which to take in the neighborhood’s iftar vibe.

“Luxury” iftar menu, 35 TL
limited menu, 26 TL
Address: Kalenderhane Cad. No: 35/ 3, Eyüp-İstanbul.
Tel: (212) 615-34 55

I´m jealous now....

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2.       si++
3785 posts
 07 Sep 2010 Tue 01:35 pm

It was mentioned here before.


From your selection, I time to time visit Kanaat as it is on my way from Asia to Europe (Üsküdar to Kabataş and back. I tried (and recommend) "saç kavurma" and "Özbek pilavı" (Uzbek pilav).

3.       alameda
3499 posts
 08 Sep 2010 Wed 04:40 am


Quoting si++

It was mentioned here before.


From your selection, I time to time visit Kanaat as it is on my way from Asia to Europe (Üsküdar to Kabataş and back. I tried (and recommend) "saç kavurma" and "Özbek pilavı" (Uzbek pilav).


I figured it probably would have been mentioned here. I´ve subscribed to it. They seem to update it often. It´s a great resource for eating and food in Istanbul....or just good ideas for fixing things.I have to go to that place that does the lamb in a pit. I´ve had that before and it´s fantastic. It was the most delicious meat I´ve ever eaten...so juicy and tender....yum {#emotions_dlg.rolleyes}

Your links are nice...thanks. I´ve had the Özbek pilav before....I´ll have to make it myself sometime.

I have stuffed tomato, onion, peppers and zuchinni in the oven now. I didn´t use red meat though. My butcher ground chicken thigh and breast meat. I have the ground chicken mixed with bread pieces with beaten egg stuffed in them. It´s now in the oven baking. I put them in a little lake of tomato sauce.

Have you ever eaten stuffed onion, or tomato? It was a Turkish woman who showed me to make those.  I enjoy cooking.

4.       AlphaF
5677 posts
 08 Sep 2010 Wed 07:33 am


Since you seem to have set your mind on a feast in Turkia, following fail-safe hints may help you spot better retaurants.

1. If driving from one city to another, chose a roadside restaurant which has already attracted many big TIR  trucks (frequent customers) rather than intercity busses (passers-bye), before you. TIR drivers obviously know the better restaurants on a given route by experience. They often have enough money to afford such restaurants too.

2. If hungry within the city, avoid secluded restaurants no matter how flashy they may look. Your best bet lies with modest looking local restaurants within the marketplaces. Market place restaurans must keep their neighbor esnaf happy, hence their food must be tasty and their prices reasonable.


Edited (9/8/2010) by AlphaF
Edited (9/8/2010) by AlphaF

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5.       sazji
47 posts
 11 Oct 2010 Mon 11:30 am

Unfortunately I would have to disagree on Kanaat. Like so many places in Istanbul, it was once great but now has nothing to go on other than its reputation. The quality of the food has deteriorated (great greasy vats of disgusting food, a friend actually got served lahana dolması with mold on it), and the prices are way too high now. Çiya is still definitely worth going to though.

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