February, 2010

Şahin Lokantası, kadayıf

Şahin Lokantası – Istanbul

Walking down the Orhan Adli Apaydın Sokak, if you see a crowd of suits and white collars, people gathered, waiting hungrily or smoking happily then you are in front of Şahin Lokantası. Serving since 1967, Ismail Şahin, known as Şahin Usta or Baba, holding his business together, cooking, talking to…

Sorry, but no: Otto Santral – Istanbul

A very trendy place. This could not mask the bad service and bad food. Supposedly 3 mushroom pizza being served with tinned one type mushroom, cold coffee, stale, almost perished piece of cheesecake, topped  with a berry coulis, which could not rescue it. Inattentive, rude service staff. I did not…

Chow Food Bar – San Francisco

Hop on the F cable car! We are going for breakfast. To Chow at Church. A place to eat delicious, fresh, healthy food coming from the local farmers and producers. You will thank me later! Very polite and nice people greet you, immediately seated where you want. Ordered coffee. Menu…

Vefa Bozacısı – Istanbul

A narrow street, a little away from the center of town. A historical landmark, since 1876. Crowded inside. People enjoying, chatting, nibbling on roasted chickpeas and sipping boza. Boza, is a traditional drink enjoyed during winter time. This thick yellowish fermented drink, is a little sweet a little sour. A…

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…

Sultanahmet Koftecisi

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…