One of my favorite cities in the World has to be Istanbul and I will get into more details why on a later post, but one of the main reasons why it’s because of the delicious food and the amount of friendly people I got to meet during my trip, even if they could barely speak any english – they were still the coolest and kindest people, especially at my hotel called “Momento Hotel”.
Upon my arrival to the hotel, the first thing I did was to look at their restaurant menu and what do they offer – everything for the most part looked amazing so it was a matter of time for me to try some of their signature dishes and enjoy some of these delicious Turkish cuisine. The waiters told me that everything is cooked on the spot by their Chef, nothing is pre-cooked or reheated, which I really liked. For example: When ordering my meal, it would take at least 30-45 minutes, not a good thing when you are starving but it was worth the wait because the food was simply incredible. Prior to my meal, I was served some bread with turkey, different cheeses and salami, it was delightful – this sample platter is also offered at breakfast upon request.
Cheese platter with turkey, salami and a variety of cheeses.
Meal #1 – My first dinner in Istanbul upon arrival and i decided to go with their Koobideh Kabob in which it comes with a home made tortilla a very popular addition into their kabob platters. You have the option to not eat the tortilla or wrap your kabob with the tortilla, I tried both methods and it was simply delicious. The tortilla was very soft and it gave a great flavor to the Kabob. The koobideh was cooked to perfection and what a great flavor it had, no need for an outrageous amount of condiments to try and make it taste good. I knew I was in for a treat when I saw the platter arrived to my table.
The meal also comes with potato fries and their signature turkish rice. I am not a fan of rice because it usually tends to bloat me – but I had no option to try the turkish rice and see how my body would respond to it. After trying the rice, it was one of the best rices I’ve had. The taste and texture was mouth watering and the potato fries were pretty good as well with a touch a of garlic.
Meal #2 – Beef kabob sliced and diced which was very tasty. The platter also came with melted cheese cream sauce underneath to mix up your beef kabob with. Smaller dish but indeed one of my favorites.
Meal #3 – Greek yogurt sauce cooked with croutons underneath, potato fries and a different type of shredded beef. As you can see from every meal, they include different peppers into the meal, it is what gives flavor to the meal rather than mixing the food with tons of condiments. Of course in certain dishes some spices are added into the cooking process depending what meal it is, but from the dishes I ordered the addition of condiments and spices were limited.
If you have been to Istanbul, what signature dishes was your favorite? What dish do you recommend me to try on my next visit?
Best, John Carter.