sandwich at baks

BAKS CAFE: Take A Look

EDITORS NOTE: Baks has closed it’s Sirkeci location. Hopefully something new and exciting will take its place soon! Baks is a restaurant and cafe started...

Simit in Istanbul

What is? Simit

Simit are often described as the Turkish bagel  but this is an inaccurate description. Simit are baked in a stone oven where as bagels are...

ali usta cig kofte

What Is? Çiğ Köfte (raw meat balls)

çiğ köfte (raw meatball), it is a fairly simple food made from cracked wheat mixed with raw meat (sometimes) and tomato paste wıth lots of spices....

kumpir (baked potato)

What Is? Kumpir (baked potato)

Usually served as a take away food in a small plastic box with disposable utensils, these giant morsels are great for eating by the sea side or...

borek pastry at konyali

What is? Börek (filo-pastry)

  Börek is a traditional food which probably originated in East Europe and came to Turkey with the Ottomans. It is made by rolling out...

hoca pasa pidecisi

What Is? Pide (Turkish flatbread)

Pide and its various varieties are wide spread through Turkey and are established as an important food. The base is a flat-bread of a similar...