Food and drink
Hearty kebabs and other meat dishes plus a variety of soups, salads, and hot and cold mezes. No alcohol is served.
Go with a group and order ahead to enjoy the specialties of the house – a tender, meter-long kebab and lamb or chicken cooked in a salt shell cracked at the table. I also love the green-olive and herb salads and especially the warm hummus topped with pastırma, a spicy cured meat. The traditional desserts are surely good as well, but I’ve never had any room left for them.
The large rooms are spotless, if a bit sterile, leaving the food and service to provide the soul. Lots of families and large groups, few tourists.
Waiters are friendly and attentive.
On a wide, busy street in the central, if not particularly charming, Aksaray neighbourhood, next to the Historia shopping mall. It’s off the tourist trail but easy to get to on public transportation.
At 21 lira per person, the lavish open breakfast buffet on Sundays is one of the best deals in town, with 151 sweet and savoury dishes to choose from. Served 8:30am-1:30pm.
- Families with younger children
- People watching