hamsi and chick peas at Trabzon

TRABZON LOKANTASI: Hamsi Mamsi

People who live and work in Istanbul are want to frequent the quick lunch places called Esnaf Lokantasi. These local restaurants serve mostly pre-maid dishes...

borsa lokanta

BORSA: Put Stock In Lunch

Lunch is a serious topic in the bustling side-streets of Sirkeci. Close to Sultanahmet, and stuck on the landward side of the the pedestrian bridge...

kofte at lezzet-i sark

LEZZET-İ ŞARK: Feast From The East

Lezzet-i Şark (Delicious East) is a small lunch place on the back side of the Egyptian Bazaar near Ocakbaşı restaurant.  On a tip from a...

sehzade cag kebap

ŞEHZADE: 14+3=19

In the small district known as Hoca Paşa in Sirkeci sits a mosque, an diverse selection of eateries, and lots of Turks. One of those...

Adana kebap at Ocak Basi

OCAKBAŞI – Stand At The Grill

On a recent, rainy, trek around Sirkeci, I spotted this tiny little durum and kebap grill stationed on the road which runs perpendicular to the...