Istanbul Restaurant | Lakeview | Mediterranean | Restaurant

Istanbul Restaurant Recommended

Hours: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner: seven days
Open Late: Friday & Saturday till 11

Price: $$

Turkish restaurant from veteran chef Yasar Demir.

Restaurant Details

This three-room Lakeview BYOB is the latest Anatolian effort from Yasar Demir, whose resumé stretches back to Cafe Demir, A La Turka, and Cousins. Among them all it might be the most comfortable and satisfying across its lengthy menu of home-style kebabs, hot and cold mezes, and meaty and vegetarian entrees. Be warned that even appetizer portions are pasha size: a trio of vibrant red ezme (chopped pepper, tomatoes, garlic, parsley, and walnuts), patlican salata (grilled eggplant, tomatoes, and onion), and a nearly insurmountable mountain of fried liver and potatoes is enough to subdue three eaters, and would leave you powerless in face of the larger commendable entrees like cheesy lamb moussaka or perhaps the most delicate and delicious manti in town, stuffed with mushrooms and swimming in marinara-dabbed yogurt. But Demir really excels at house-baked items, such as the black-and-white-sesame-studded flatbread that comes to each table and the remarkable calzone-like pide, oval shaped, crosshatched, and stuffed to bursting with lamb and beef, vegetables, or cheese.

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Price: $$

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