Posted 31 October 2002 - 09:40 AM
Posted 31 October 2002 - 05:57 PM
Istanbul, Turkey, what an exciting place! Kofte, Kebaps, Mezze, Baklava, Dolmas, Belly dancers, Turkish rugs......
I suggest you start starving right now, because Turkish cuisine is not exactly for the diet conscious. Erstwhile Constantinople and the Ottoman empire evolved into a center of great cuisine. The Topkapi palace has some of the largest kitchens in the world.
Although I have eaten Turkish food in many countries, I must confess that I have not been to Turkey. However our Turkish Foodie who resides in Bodrum, a tourist destination south of Istanbul, recommends:
Haci Baba Restaurant Istiklal C. No: 49 Beyoglu +902122441886
Beyti Orman Sk. Florya +902126632990
He is going through his diary and will recommend some more by tomorrow. Unfortunately he finds posting on this forum cumbersome.
Try out the Lahmacun also, I have had them in Dubai and they are like very thin pizzas with mince, chilli and herb toppings.
Find some Lokantas- inexpensive regional Turkish restaurants.
Will post some more info asap.
Regards and Sherefe!
Posted 31 October 2002 - 10:05 PM
'tis this quest - the best - that puts oranges on duck--
Posted 03 November 2002 - 01:27 PM
Let their numbers increase and fatten up a bit and then we shall put the oranges on them.
Some weird thoughts flit across my mind:
I imagine us in a turkish restaurant, complaining about the food by saying "Call the Bosphorus!"
I ask for a roast turkey with a big grin too many times. Flashbacks from Midnight Express, a great Alan Parker movie which had a hero and a heroin. It was about thje travails of a turkish prison. I never joke about roast turkey again.
Almost all kebaps are served with Cacik a kind of a Raita, probably a Kurdish influence.
If you are suitably fortified with Raki you will find that speaking in Turkish is quite easy.
There are doner kababs and donee kababs.
Jokes aside, you are going at the right time to pick up some fresh harvest virgin cold pressed olive oil. Please bring me some too. If it is reasonably priced get "Laleli" Olive oil. Also get us some Raki too.
To maximize your gourmandising try the Karisik Izagara, a mixed grill-tender chicken breast, beef, lamb chop, spicy lamb patties, rice pilaf and vegetables. A Turkish thali if you please.
Here are some good recipes
Posted 07 November 2002 - 10:17 AM
Our Turkish gourmet recommends trying out the many seafood restaurants in the Kumkapi fish market area.
I have a feeling you might be disappointed by the kebabs as we are used to the more flavourful Indian versions. Once you have done the kebabs, head for the seafood which I am sure will tickle your palate.
If you imbibe some local wines, please make tasting notes.
Regards and dont forget to bring some Raki and the olive oil.
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