Büryan – at Bitlis, Turkey

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It is around midnight, when the büryan ovens are light up in Bitlis. There is only smoke in the dark streets of the city. Bitlis has its own pace, like all the Anatolian cities. The büryan restaurants open at 5.00 … Continue reading

Kaburgacı Selim Amca – Diyarbakır

Quiet streets. Lunch time. Barely. Early lunch, late breakfast hour lets say. Avery modest, very local spot.

It all started with the pomegranate sprinkled ezme, then came haşlama içliköfte. Piping hot, one bite to tuck in, the taste of the meat, the spices, pistachio and of course cracked wheat, bulgur. I was about to order another round when I saw the tray  approaching us. Our kaburga dolma came to the rescue.

The rib cage of the small animals  especially kid or lamb, are filled with a very delicious rice pilav, iç pilav, and the meat is sewed together, then steamed and finished in the oven till it falls off the bone, literally. Served with pilav rimmed around the kaburga, the first look is amazing!

Watching the skillful waiter while he prepares the kaburga for you, you can not hold your saliva. He starts by cutting and removing the stitches then boning it and leaving you with a heaping portion of  delicious meat and pilav in the middle of the table.  A sight for sore eyes!

The meat is succulent, the fat is melting in your mouth, the pilav has the right spices and you just want to eat more and be merry!

A once in a lifetime experience for some, a delicious stop for others.

Address: Ali Emiri Caddesi No: 22/B, Diyarbakır

Phone: (412) 224 4447

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Köşem Karadeniz Pide Salonu – Istanbul

So small, but hard to miss. You can take in the teasingly good smell of meat and the butter from meters away and head to  the right direction.

The secret is the ingredients and the cooking technique for once. The prompt and courteous service is always a plus as we all know. All the ingredients are originally from Trabzon, one of the home towns of  pide on the Black Sea coastal region. As a person who tasted lots of different pide in Trabzon,  I must say this little place in Istanbul is by far the best.

They deliver home, but I prefer eating in the small restaurant while watching the skillful hands shape the dough and top it with my choosen ingredient and shovel it in the depths of the wood burning oven.

Address: Tütüncü Mehmet Efendi Cad. No:10 D.5, Göztepe, Istanbul

Phone: (216) 360 1678

Service Hours : 11:00 am- 09:00 pm (if not finished by then, you may find it till 9:30pm) / open everyday of the week

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