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Asmalı Cavit, A Meyhane in Beyoglu

On Tuesday night I met my friend Şemsa for dinner at Asmalı Cavit in Beyoğlu. This spot is a typical meyhane (restaurant serving alcohol and mezes) in a part of town that is packed with such establishments. The quality of food varies wildly and most places are more attractive for their atmosphere and steady rakı flow than they are for their cuisine. Fortunately, Asmalı Cavit excels on all fronts.

We sat in the front room and, as one does in a meyhane, ordered rakı and an assortment of cold mezes: lakerda (pickled bonito), patlıcan salatası (smoked eggplant with a touch of bechamel), beyaz peynir (white cheese), tarama (fish roe spread), and brocoli greens.

Next were the hot mezes: ciğer (liver) and börek (triangles of phyllo dough filled with ground meat and sauteed onions.

Rounding out the meal was a heaping pile of köfte, little nuggets of juicy, ground meat. They were served with a bitter and spicy tomato based dipping sauce and potatoes. The meal was excellent, the setting was great, the service was attentive, and I shall return again and again.

2016-01-07T03:37:14+00:00 February 24th, 2011|Categories: Istanbul, Restaurants, Turkish Cuisine|4 Comments


  1. metin April 10, 2011 at 8:14 pm - Reply

    Merhaba Katie,

    C.V. nizde Türkçe konuştuğunuzu belirttiğiniz için Türkçe yazıyorum. Böylesi benim için daha kolay.

    Roma’da üniversite yıllarımın bir senesini geçirdim ve Roma hakkında yazılarınızı hayranlıkla takip ediyorum.

    Cavit (Asmalı) benim en favori lokantam ve sahibi dostum. Beğenmenize çok sevindim. Eger meze seviyorsanız size Beşiktaş’daki Sıdıkayı’da tavsiye ederim. İstanbu eats’de bu konuda bilgiye ulaşabilirsiniz.


    Metin Vural


  2. Katie April 13, 2011 at 2:58 pm - Reply

    merhaba metin! grazie per il commento. ti scrivo in italiano perche mio turco non e’ il massimo:) Sono felice che anche a te piace Asmali Cavit. Devo provare Sidikayi in Besiktas!! Grazie della segnalazione! Afiyet olsun;)

  3. metin April 13, 2011 at 8:52 pm - Reply

    Si, devi Katie,
    ciao, metin

  4. Dan Abele July 30, 2011 at 5:55 pm - Reply

    Thanks Katie. What a great suggestion. Mary and I stopped for lunch today. They were not yet open but let us in for cold mezes, as they prepared the dinner menu. Consequently we had the place to ourselves and sat on the balcony — a space just for two. The eggplant meze ( one of their specialties) was particularly tasty. Service was exceptional.

    Tonight we’ll try another of your suggestions: Zubeyir. Can’t wait.
    Thanks again.
    Thanks again for the suggestion

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