Imren Kitabevi & Cafe, Istanbul: An excellent coffee house
Imren Kitabevi & Cafe is one of the most popular cofee houses along the popular Istiklal Caddesi in the city of Istanbul. It is usually packed with local and foreign tourists in the evening and at night. Its business hours are between 9.00 a.m. and 12.00 midnight daily. Take the opportunity to chill out at this popular coffee house when you visit Istiklal Caddesi for shopping or pleasure!Related to:
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Can't remember the name of the restaurant: Superb seafood restaurant in Istanbul
We cannot remember the name of this wonderful Turkish seafood restaurant. It is located on a lane off the left hand side of Istiklal Cadessi towards Taksim Square approximately half way between Galata Tower and Taksim Square. The restaurant is one of the numerous seafood restaurants located along the lane packed with local and foreign tourists especially in the evening. They served excellent and delicious small dish appetizers.
You pick your live fish from the aquarium from shops opposite the restaurant. You can also choose other fresh seafood chilled with ice displayed outside the shops such as the mouth-watering octopus, oysters, crabs, king prawns and lobsters. The rest will be taken care of by the restaurant and they will cook the seafood of your choice in less than half an hour.
The waiters are very friendly and the services are impeccable it has to be said. The restaurant is fully air-conditioned. They gave us the restaurant's name card and a bill for the food. Unfortunately we have lost them. If you can recognise the restaurant from our photographs above, please let us know the name of the restaurant so that we can update the page!
Favorite Dish: Delicious Turkish cooking of fish of your choice from the aquarium. Small dish appetizers, fried octopus, fried prawns and fresh oysters can be recommended.Related to:
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La Gondola Restaurant, Antalya: Italian Restaurant
La Gondola Restaurant is an Italian restaurant located in the premises of all inclusive Hotel WOW Kremlin Palace at Kundu, approximately 25 kilometres from the heart of Antalya.
When you stay at this hotel for at least one week, you are eligible to dine at this restaurant free-of-charge once a week. This is an a la carte restaurant where you choose your dishes from the menu. Drinks including wine, beer and liquor are all inclusive. The restaurant is quite large, beautifully decorated and comfortable. Dress code is required to enter the restaurant. Services are impeccable. The food is excellent it has to be said!
Favorite Dish: We chose pasta zucchini, pizza margareta, Italian style fried chicken with sallads and potatoes and dessert cake for our dinner.Related to:
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Stolitsa Restaurant, Antalya: The main restaurant
Stolitsa Restaurant is the hotel's main restaurant where most of the meals are served daily including buffet breakfast, buffet lunch, buffet dinner and buffet supper. Meal times are fixed for example breakfast is only served between 7.00 a.m. and 10.30 a.m. This is a very large restaurant with a seating capacity for at least one thousand diners as the hotel has 837 rooms. The restaurant is clean, well decorated, brightly-lit and is comfortable. The services are impeccable it has to be said.Related to:
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I have eaten Iskaner kebab all around Turkey, but the city Bursa is famous for its Iskander kebabs, also called Bursa kebab.
An Iskander kebab is a plate with slices of meet from a skewer, served on flat bread with tomato sauce. Melted butter is poured over it and yoghurt is on the side of it.
I had a very delicious Iskander kebab in Bursa, probably the best I had in Turkey, but it was also the most expensive Iskander kebab I had in Turkey. The kebab was 8 000 000 TL and the orange drink 2 000 000 TL. I ate it at a restaurant on Atatürk Caddesi, next to Ulu Camii.
Simit is a sesame-covered bread ring. It is sold everywhere in Turkey and it is a good snack to buy when you are on the way, and it is cheap. The price for one simit is 250 000 TL (June2004) in many cities. In Istanbul the price is 300 000 TL.
Typical Hotel Breakfast
The Turkish hotel breakfast looks the same almost everywhere. You will get a lot of white bread, a boiled egg, cucumber, tomatoes, black olives and a piece of white cheese. For the bread you will also get butter, jam and/or honey and cream cheese. To drink there is always tea and often also instant coffee (at a few places you have to pay extra for the coffee).
One of the Best Cuisines in the World!: Turkish Cuisine
In my humble opinion, Turkish Cuisine is among some of the finest in the world. I think that it has benefited from the 500 years in which the Ottomans ruled a great portion of the world and brought back some of the best cooking concepts. Then, our guide told us that the sultans had over a thousand chefs and helpers who worked in the Topkapi Palace [ where some of the world's most incredible dishes were invented in the Topkapi kitchens]. I personally think that the Turkish country offers an endless variety of fish, fruit, meat, and vegetables, which only adds to the reasons for grand food.
We were told that the Turks have come up with at least 50 different kinds of kebabs alone!
If you have ever been a typical Turkish kitchen, you will know that painstaking care goes into the preparation of each dish. They make sure all ingredients are FRESH. The restaurants never use leftovers prepared in a new way.
One of the best traditions, I think, in Turkey is the wide array of meza (appetizers).
Favorite Dish: Some of my favorites are:
Cerkez tavugu [boiled, boned chicken in a delicious sauce that is made of crushed walnuts, fresh breadcrumbs, garlic, paprika, and olive oil].
coban salatasi [a mixed salad of chopped tomatoes, cucumbers, black olives, peppers with an olive oil and lemon dressing].
borek [paper-thin pastry filled with feta cheese or meat] I prefer the feta cheese.
cacik [yogurt with grated cucumber and garlic with a splash of virgin olive oil].
dolma [grape vine leaves stuffed with minced lamb or rice and a blend of spices and fresh herbs]
Turkish bread [several different ones and they are all delicious!]
Roast Pork the meal I experienced, the pork was so tender and whatever spices they used, made the flavor irresistible.
Just make sure when you visit Turkey that you experience authentic Turkish cuisineRelated to:
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All over...: Better get used to this breakfast....
This breakfast is what you will be offered in most lower end hostels and hotels. It is a simple one with fresh bread, some cheese, olives, boiled egg, cucumber, and some tomatoes. Most of the time it is served with cai - turkish tea. Its a tasty start to your day but after eating it for a month straight, its gets a little boring!Related to:
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G?zleme in Sirince
There are several restaurants/cafes in Sirince that serves gözleme (savoury filled pancakes). The one I had, with cheese filling, was a bit dry. I think the one with potatoes, or the one with aubergine, would be better. Anyway I had it at a nice place, called Pervin Teize Gözleme, above Church of St John the Babtist. The view over the village Sirince is nice from there.
I had delisious baklava for desert but could not eat it all. The pieces I couldn't eat I got in a doggy-bag.
The gözlemes were made just in the front of the cafe.
Gözleme, ayran and baklava: 4 500 000 TL.
By the Galata bridge, in Eminönü, you can buy sandwiches with grilled fish from small boats. It is very tasty (and greasy) and cheap. A fish sandwich cost 1 500 000 TL.
I bought another deliscious fish sandwich (that also had sallad, tomatoes and onions) in Anadolu Kavagi.Related to:
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Kokorec and Iskembe
When it comes to food made of intestines I only eat chicken liver (rarely) in Sweden.
But in Turkey I had both Kokorec and Iskembe Soup.
Kokorec: Sandwich with meat from the sheep intestine (the long things). It's mixed with tomatoes and spices.
Iskembe soup: Soup made of sheep stomach. Added to the soup is fried butter, garlic sauce, lemon and red pepper.
I don't know if I like these things (I don't dislike it though), but the taste is different and interesting. I can imagine that it is food you can miss if you are used to it and didn't have it for a long time.
Shish kebab at the restaurant
Lamb shish kebab or chicken shish kebab are peaces of meat grilled on a skewer.
On the plate they are often served on a bed of bread with tomatoes, onion and a big spicy pepper. Sometimes it is served with rice too.
More bread is allways put on the table and an extra sallad is good to order.
The picture is from a restaurant in the outskirts of Kahta. We had a lot to eat. I paid 4 500 000 TL for chicken shish kebab, bread, sallad and a Cola Turka.
Cay Bahcesi - Teagardens
In every city there is a tea garden. Sometimes it is a place where only men sit and drink tea, sometimes a place were familys come to have tea or something to eat.
The picture is from the tea garden in Sanliurfa. It is full of people walking around in the parks or sitting down having tea, a cold drink or pide.
Arap Sukru Sokagi: A great place to eat fish
Bursa is a great place to try out seafood. There are restaurants specializing it seafood all over the city. One of the odder spots to try some fish is Arap Sukru Sokagi. This is actually five restaurants going by the same name located on Sakarya Caddesi. They are run by the same extended family. Seafood is the speciality here and you will notice that they have all of the varieties of fish that they service hanging off the hooks by the doors. This means there are lots of stray cats hanging around too. There are usually local muscians playing folk music here too. I ate well here and I recommend that you check out any of these restaurants.
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