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Istanbul - what am I missing?


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Istanbul - what am I missing?

fame da lupo | | Jun 14, 2010 10:55 AM

I have three weeks more in Istanbul and I want to keep sampling this amazing food! I've eaten many (most?) of the staples: Adana kepab at Durumzade, islak hamburger at Kizilkayalar and Bambi in Taksim (thanks Bourdain), cigerci sandwich from some hole in the wall in Sultanahmet, kokorec at Sampiyon, lahmacun at Hacioglu, gozleme, kumpi in Ortakoy, manti at Sinop Manti, varities of borek and dolma from my girlfriend's mother, "Bebek" style kofte pide at the Bebek festival last weekend (not sure what Bebek-style refers to, but it was good), kaymak from the Bulgarian in Besiktas, Mado ice cream, profiterol from Inci, ekmek tatliler, simit, baklava.

I recognize that I haven't eaten at any fine restaurants - which I am OK with, as long as the delicious food continues! Any thoughts on what I should eat next, or whether I could get a better version of something I've eaten in the list above? I'm in Macka, but willing to venture out if the food demands it.

Currently, I am thinking of Hacibey and Kantin in Nisantasi (the former I hear makes a great iskender, that right? Or should I go elsewhere...), as well as a breakfast at Lokma or Kale before visiting Bogazici, some fish in Arnavutkoy, buryan kebap...

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