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Victor Apr 26, 2006 11:19 AM

Any suggestions for finest Turkish restaurants? Thanks!

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    Scott V Apr 28, 2006 11:24 AM

    Hi Victor,

    I'm leaving for Istanbul this evening. A Turkish friend in my office put together this list of dining suggestions for me. He grew up in the suburbs of the city, so no small local favorites, but popular well known places amongst Turks.

    SULTAN AHMET---------------------------

    Kebap:
    http://www.gastroville.com/archives/the_rest_of_europe/000035.html
    Beyti and Iskender are my favorite kebaps.

    -HAMDI
    Tahmis Caddesi, Kalcin Sokak No:17 EMINONU
    http://www.hamdirestorant.com.tr/hamdien.htm

    More Traditional Food (they have kebaps as well
    )
    -KONYALI: (0212-513-9696)
    Topkapi Palace, Sultanahmet, Eminonu
    http://www.frommers.com/destinations/istanbul/D39906.html

    Famous/historical meatball place (stay away from its imitations):
    -TARIHI MESHUR SULTANAHMET KOFTECISI
    http://www.frommers.com/destinations/istanbul/D39916.html


    BOSPHORUS-----------------------------------------

    Balik (Fish) on the Bosphorus:
    - ISKELE
    Take a cab to Bebek (small town on bhosposrus) and ask for Iskele
    restaurant
    While in Bebek go to historical BEBEK BADEM EZMESI to buy some
    marzipan (Made of sugar, egg whites and almonds
    )
    or another good sea food rest on Bhosporus
    -BALIKCI SABAHATTIN
    Seyit Hasan Koyu Sokak 50, CANKURTARAN

    Sunday Brunch on the Bosphorus:
    -CIRAGAN PALACE (Hotel)
    http://www.ciraganpalace.com.tr/restaurants_bars.asp?lid=3&lng=2

    Night Club on the Bosphorus:
    -REINA
    http://www.worldsbestbars.com/city/istanbul/reina-istanbul.htm

    BEYOUGLU--------------------------------------

    Traditional Cuisine around Beyouglu
    -HACI ABDULLAH -meals made with olive oil, sea food, ottoman
    classics....
    http://www.haciabdullah.com.tr/

    Cheep food:
    -KIZILKAYALAR on Taksim Square -hamburger and banana drink
    http://tirania.org/blog/pic.php?name=kiz.jpg&caption=Kizilkayalar%
    20Hamburguer

    Dessert:
    -INCI (protiferol
    )on Istiklal Caddesi (main avenue in Beyouglu)

    - SARAY MUHALLEBICISI (traditional desserts like ekmek kadayifi, ayva
    tatlisi...)
    http://istanbul.metblogs.com/archives...

    Other Food You Should Try:
    - Kokarec (cart like food. eat it at Sampiyon in Beyoglu
    )- Simit (Best for breakfast..buy when it is fresh..early
    morning!..street vendors sell it)
    - Doner (on every corner)
    - Fried Seafood (you might see these stores around touristic places)
    - Gozleme (same thing with Italian Pediana -try to find it in Bodrum)
    - Durum (small sis kebap in a wrap -very good late night snack)

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      Victor May 24, 2006 03:42 PM

      Many thanks ! If someone dines well (high end, luxurious restaurant) in Istanbul, Ankara, Antalya or elsewhere in Cappodoccia and/or Mediterran Turkey, please give me your critique(s).

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