Places to Eat in İstanbul
Best places in Istanbul
Here they tell us the best places in town to eat and drink
"Our favourite place for breakfast is Kaymakci Pando (Besiktas Carsisi, across the street from Merkez Kirtasiye, the market). It's behind a tiny grocery store, Besiktas, that appears unchanged since the 1920s. We always order kaymak (clotted cream from buffalo milk), honey, cheese, olives and bread served with tea and buffalo milk.
"When Peter [Gordon] visits, we plan our Grand Bazaar culinary shopping sprees at Fes Café (Halicilar Caddesi 62, Kapalicarsi), which serves excellent Turkish coffee, fresh sage tea and carrot cake. With Peter, we invariably return to Istanbul's answer to the antipodean cafe - Mangerie (Cevdetpasa Caddesi 69, 00 90 212 263 5199) with its wooden floors, pale colours and large display table of beautiful fruit and pastries - plus views of the Bosporus.
Persistent map-reading is required to find it tucked away above the Ebil hairdressers in Bebek, one of the more chi-chi neighbourhoods. The menu is based on traditional Istanbul street food as prepared by Bosporus fishermen, but with a modern edge - grilled sea bass sandwich in corn bread with roasted aubergine purée, green olive tapenade and rocket is a winning combination.
"Changa is decisively modern with Eames chairs and a glass window in the floor so that diners can see the chefs working in the basement kitchen, but on nights off we often head for Balikci Sabahatin (Seyit Hasan Kuyu Sokak, Cankurtaran mah, Sultanahmet, +458 1824), a very old traditional restaurant with lovely simple food and a gentle atmosphere.
Favourites here are chilli-spiced rice pilav with mussels, dried currants and pine kernels and a salad of fresh cabbage with pickled beetroot plus a good glass of raki. In good weather, we like to sit outside; often we'll catch an impromptu gypsy singing performance.
"Whenever we crave kebabs, we head to Develi Kebab House (Balik Pazari Gumusyuzuk Sokak 7, Samatya, +529 0833) turning a blind eye to the kitsch decor. They specialise in dishes from the Gaziantep region in south-east Turkey synonymous with kebabs. Our favourite is cig kofte, Turkey's answer to steak tartare (lamb kneaded with spice and herbs).
"On the rare occasions we go clubbing, we like either Nu Pera, an ultra-minimalist collection of bars (Mesrutiyet Caddesi 149, Pera, +245 5810) or Babylon (Seyhbender Sokak 3, +292 7368), full of laid-back intellectuals and musos with a great menu of jazz, hip-hop and world music.
We consider the best place to repair to for early morning sustenance is Marmaris Bufe (Cumhuriyet Caddesi 19/A, Taksim, +250 2302), literally a road-side cafe. It's a great spot for a head-clearing glass of freshly squeezed pomegranate juice and warm smoked ox tongue and cheese toast to die for, and friendly, funny staff from the Black Sea."
Istanbul is the best place to taste nearly all tastes from around Turkey. It is like the capital of dining. I have several favorite restaurants. I will try to list a few of them: For a great Waffle, you should visit Ab'bas in Bebek. One of the best places for a traditional pastry is Hunkar Borekcisi in Sariyer. My favorite Semolina Dessert is at Sur Ocakbasi in Fatih. You can search for these restaurants in Internet or you can visit this link for contact details: www.neyesek.co/#!istanbul-all/c15nc
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