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Apr 26, 2006 11:19 AM

Istanbul and Ankara

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Any suggestions for finest Turkish restaurants? Thanks!

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  1. 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---------------------------

    Beyti and Iskender are my favorite kebaps.

    Tahmis Caddesi, Kalcin Sokak No:17 EMINONU

    More Traditional Food (they have kebaps as well
    -KONYALI: (0212-513-9696)
    Topkapi Palace, Sultanahmet, Eminonu

    Famous/historical meatball place (stay away from its imitations):


    Balik (Fish) on the Bosphorus:
    - ISKELE
    Take a cab to Bebek (small town on bhosposrus) and ask for Iskele
    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
    Seyit Hasan Koyu Sokak 50, CANKURTARAN

    Sunday Brunch on the Bosphorus:

    Night Club on the Bosphorus:


    Traditional Cuisine around Beyouglu
    -HACI ABDULLAH -meals made with olive oil, sea food, ottoman

    Cheep food:
    -KIZILKAYALAR on Taksim Square -hamburger and banana drink

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

    - SARAY MUHALLEBICISI (traditional desserts like ekmek kadayifi, ayva

    Other Food You Should Try:
    - Kokarec (cart like food. eat it at Sampiyon in Beyoglu
    )- Simit (Best for 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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    1. re: Scott V

      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).