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Halil Lahmacun, Kadıköy


If I had to pick a favorite food, it would be pizza. In Italy, I indulge daily in pizza al taglio, focaccia barese, or la vera pizza napoletana on a daily basis. When in Turkey, I turn to a much lighter alternative, lahmacun. This “Turkish pizza” is a flat bread topped with minced lamb meat and spices. It reaches its full potential at Halil in Kadıköy on Istanbul’s Anatolian shore. Crispy dinner plate sized disks emerge in continuation from the pizza oven and are delivered to the counter inside or tables on the street with a bit of lemon and parsley. Squeeze, garnish, roll up your lahmacun and for 2.25 YTL (€1.50) you’ve got yourself a tasty snack.

Halil Lahmacun
Güneşlibahçe Sokak 26/A

2016-01-07T14:37:54+00:00 July 3rd, 2009|Categories: Istanbul, Pizza, Turkish Cuisine|8 Comments


  1. Megan July 3, 2009 at 11:01 am - Reply

    Looks delicious. I am a sucker for Middle Eastern pizzas. I fondly remember the Lebanese pizza my neighbors and friends would make, smothered in zataar spice and sprinkeled with lemon juice.

  2. Rob July 3, 2009 at 4:59 pm - Reply

    It’s like a keema nan, with its insides on its outsides!

  3. Katie July 3, 2009 at 8:38 pm - Reply

    @Megan I want some Lebanese pizza right now! do you think its a similar recipe?

    @Rob oooh I like the sound of that!

  4. Allie July 4, 2009 at 3:16 pm - Reply

    I’m with you, Parla: pizza is the perfect food. I’m adding this tasty treat to an ever growing list of reasons to make Istanbul my next port of call!

  5. Katie July 5, 2009 at 1:44 am - Reply

    Yes, you must go! It is the best place in to eat in the world. dont miss a trip to kadikoy’s stellar fruit, veg, and fish bazaar!

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  7. eru July 16, 2009 at 12:13 pm - Reply

    Well i used to take the ferry from besiktas to kadikoy. A couple of lahmacuns from halil and sutlu nuriye from the baklava shop which is just at the corner of the same street. Then take the ferry back to European Side (of course tea during ferry ride). Excellent get away for lunch break.

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