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Mezes – Mezeler

Mezes (mezeler in Turkish) are starters, or small portions of food that can be combined to substitute a full meal. The other night I took a friend to Refik, my old standby meyhane (traditional restaurant serving mezes and alcohol) on Sofyalı Sokak in the Asmalımescit section of Beyoğlu. This is a good place to be introduced to the variety of mezes on offer throughout the city like dolma (stuffed grape leaves, or stuffed anything for that matter), patlıcan salatası (eggplant salad aka baba ghanoush), and marinated fish. Pair it all with rakı and you’ve off!

2016-01-09T13:32:27+00:00 March 11th, 2009|Categories: Gastronomic Traditions, Istanbul, Turkish Cuisine|13 Comments

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  1. […] (Mikla, Num Num) and pasty chef Senem Betil, this fish restaurant in Tarabya is renowned for its mezeler. I make a meal out of them and I love their kalamar izgara (grilled calamari), gümüş tava (fried […]

  2. […] chef Mehmet Gürs and pasty chef Senem Betil, this fish restaurant in Tarabya is renowned for its mezeler. I make a meal out of them and I love their kalamar izgara (grilled calamari), gümüş tava (fried […]

  3. […] cooked with olive oil are called zeytinyağlılar and are served cold or at room temperature as a meze at the beginning of a meal. I am a huge fan of carciofi alla romana (braised artichokes seasoned […]

  4. Grilled Octopus - Ahtapot Izgara April 26, 2009 at 12:58 am - Reply

    […] advice was right on-this was the freshest, most tender octopus I had ever eaten. As we savored our meze, I was saddened to hear that my friend’s brother does not eat octopus because he respects […]

  5. Antalya August 11, 2009 at 10:34 pm - Reply

    […] tableside with peppers, tomatoes and onions. The meat was delicious but the real highlight were the mezes: hibeş (crushed garlic mixed with red pepper and tahini) and Erzincan tulum peyniri (cheese from […]

  6. […] that was not how the meal at Yusuf Usta began. As all kebab meals should, we started with mezes and rakı. Standouts included the çiğköfte (raw ground beef and bulgur eaten with lettuce) and […]

  7. My Christmas Wish December 24, 2009 at 2:29 am - Reply

    […] the legendary takviye, a meter long spicy lamb kebab. If at all possible I would also like 10-15 mezes but my real priority here is the Adana kebab. What do you […]

  8. […] started out with a few mezes, some pungent tulum dusted with spices and drizzled with olive oil, cevizli biber (a red pepper and […]

  9. […] friends’ house in Baltalimanı to Iskele Restaurant in Rumelihisarı. I put away quite a few mezes in record time and was totally stuffed but couldnt resist a plate of tekir tava, fried striped red […]

  10. […] 2: A Dalston kebab house serving good mezes and great grilled […]

  11. Fried Things at Kuyu October 30, 2010 at 5:24 pm - Reply

    […] I go to fish restaurants in Turkey, I fill up on mezes and rakı, skipping the main dish altogether. On a recent visit to Kuyu in Arnavutköy with my […]

  12. […] 2 is an ocakbaşı, grill house, which serves nice mezes and charcoal-grilled meats and vegetables. I especially love their arnavut ciğeri, lightly fried […]

  13. […] for dinner at Asmalı Cavit in Beyoglu. This is a typical meyhane (restaurant serving alcohol and mezes) in a part of town that is packed with such establishments. The quality range varies wildly and […]

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