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Beyond Kebab: Neighborhood by Neighborhood, Bite by Bite

Farewell, Mutfak Dili: A Beloved Istanbul Restaurant Shuts Its Doors

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Istanbul -- The first time we officially met was at our bacchanalian book launch down a Galata side street in 2010. A natty beyefendi with neatly manicured sideburns hovered around the edges of a group as we signed copies of Istanbul Eats, Exploring the Culinary Backstreets and clinked Efes cans with friends, readers and party crashers. He found an opening and approached. “Do you know who I am?” Read more
Istanbul -- The first time we officially met was at our bacchanalian book launch down a Galata side street in 2010. A natty beyefendi with neatly manicured sideburns hovered around the edges of a group as we signed copies of “Istanbul Eats, Exploring the Culinary Backstreets” and clinked Efes cans with friends, readers and party crashers. He found an opening and approached. “Do you know who I am?”

He introduced himself as Levon bey, the owner of Mutfak Dili, a small restaurant down in the Perşembe Pazarı hardware market, in the seaside neighborhood of Karaköy. He’d come to thank us in person for reviewing his restaurant and the strange fortune it had brought to him. Read more
September 16, 2020

Makana: Student Fare, Uighur Edition

Istanbul |
By Tas Anjarwalla
Istanbul The bright spots of dandelion yellow and sleek tabletops at Makana in Istanbul’s Beşiktaş district are a far cry from the cozy interiors of the Uighur restaurants dotting the multicultural streets of Zeytinburnu and Çapa. But after one bite of Makana’s dry-fried lagman, we know: Uighur cuisine has arrived in Beşiktaş. Read more
September 8, 2020

Building Blocks: Yufka, Turkey’s All-Star Pastry Sheets

Istanbul |
By Geoffrey Ballinger
Istanbul Even with a wealth of international brands and supermarkets, Istanbul neighborhoods are by and large dominated by small shops specializing in certain food products. Greengrocers sell fresh, seasonal produce; fishmongers offer a glimmering array of fish, particularly in the winter months; and bakeries boast a staggering variety of breads and pastries. Read more
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