The 7 Best Mussels in Istanbul | Ultimate Guide to Mussels in Istanbul

The bright, fresh flavors of mussels have been an iconic part of Turkish and Armenian cuisine for hundreds of years. The prized bivalves are often found on street carts and at restaurants all over town, from seafood markets to waterfront cafes. One of the most indulgent street foods in Istanbul, this flavor is perfect for … Read more

The Sweet Taste of Katmer

White plate on table with fresh katmer sprinkled with ground pistachio next to knife and fork

Sweet taste of Katmer. When we ask our guests to name their favourite foods from their walks with us, one food pops up again and again… and again…. and again!  But it’s no wonder! What is deliciously flaky… … indescribably indulgent… … and quintessentially Turkish? Why – it’s katmer, of course! Katmer is an ancient … Read more

Types of Turkish Kebab – A Kebab Discovery in Turkey

Chef beside large doner kebab meat on rotisserie being cooked by wood in istanbul restaurant kitchen

For most people, thinking about Turkish cuisine generally conjures up in the mind countless images of delicious meaty kebabs. But for the most part, these imaginings are limited to the standard döner kebab and shish kebab that the western world are accustomed to. But in fact, the types of kebab available in Turkey are countless, … Read more

Iskender Kebab

Pouring melted butter from pan over portion of iskender kebab at istanbul restaurant during food tour

Iskender kebab is one of the most popular meat dishes of Turkey, typically enjoyed in the north-western areas of the country. It dates back to the early 19th century and is so-named after it’s original creator, Iskender Efendi. It can also be known in Istanbul restaurants as ‘Bursa kebab’, referring to Iskender Efendi’s home town. … Read more

Aşure (Noah’s Pudding)

Glass bowl of aşure, noah’s pudding topped with cinnamon, walnuts, currants and pomegranate

Aşure (or, Noah’s Pudding) is a famous Turkish dessert, prepared on the Day of Aşure. It’s name is derived from the word “ashura“, which means “tenth” in Arabic. The Day of Aşure follows the Islamic holy calendar, and falls on the Tenth of Muharrem, during the first month of the calendar. Aşure is part of … Read more