Feb 16, '19

Istanbul recommendations by Vedat Milor

Turkish sweets

The day I asked the legendary Turkish food critic Vedat Millor @vmilor to share his Istanbul recommendations. He is the co-author of an excellent blog Gastromondiale @gastromondiale.

MEYHANE

Most interesting category, a remnant of old cosmopolitan Istanbul

  • Asmali Cavit in Beyoglu
  • Sahil Lokantasi in Balat
  • Inciralti in Beylerbeyi

KEBAP-OCAKBASI

(there is a ritual-cold meze/offals/ribs/Adana kebap–these places cur the meat by special knife)

  • Adana Ocakbasi in Kurtulus
  • Zubeyir in Beyoglu
  • Seyhmuz near Grand Bazaar
  • Harbi Adana Ocakbasi in Ortakoy

FISH

  • Kahraman Balikci in Rumelikavagi for turbot-tomato salad-l;akerda-corn bread with anchovy
  • Kiyi in Tarabya-the most classy and consistent

FINE DINING

  • Nicole in Tom Tom suite in Beyoglu-view/menu degustation/best vegetables and salads in Istanbul

ESNAF LOKANTASI-MARKET DRIVEN CUISINE

  • Hunkar in Tesvikiye (high end)
  • Pacaci Mahmut (exc. Lamb trotter soup-Anatolian home food in Fatih-very simple)
  • Pacaci Necip (like Mahmut and very small)
  • Amanda Bravo

BRASSERIE

  • Murver in Karakoy

REGIONAL CUISINE

  • Mabeyin in Uskudar for Antep cuisine
  • Guvenc Konyalilar for Konya cuisine-lamb tandoori and etli ekmek
  • Akdeniz Sofrasi for Antioche/Antakya cuisine in Vatan Caddesi
  • Seref or Ugur Buryan in Fatih for lamb cooked in a pit-Siirt cuisine

STREET FOOD

  • Basta in Kadikoy for durum (pita wrap/try lamb;vegetables;salad and riz au lait)
  • Ozzie’s in Dolapdere for kokorec (like andouillette)-MUST RESERVE
  • Tadal Pide in Sultanbeyli for Blacksea style pide
  • Sirdanci Ramazan-he serves in his portable kitchen in the street eginning at 10 PM in the back streets of Beyoglu in Nevizade in front of the old police station. A kind of spicy tripe
  • Gaziantepli Mehmet Usta Lahmacun in Cerrahpasa
  • Surmene Doner in Cennet Mahallesi

GOOD THIRD WAVE COFFEE

  • Sapiens in Karakoy
  • Petra in Nisantasi

TURKISH COFFEE

  • Mandabatmaz in Beyoglu
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