The originator, owner, chef and occasional waiter at Eat Box is Eren Bursalıgil, one of the lucky minority who’ve known what they want to do with their lives since childhood.
The scenario behind Eat Box is this: you’re home, you’re hungry, and you want to grab a bite to eat without resorting to the internet or changing out of the couch-appropriate clothes you’re in. Devised as an alternative to neighbourhood kebaplocales, Eat Box is worthy of leaving the house for a breath of fresh air and some American fare – if you happen to live in Abbasağa, that is.
Owner Bursalıgil’s CV reads at odds with this low-key vibe, with stints at W Hotel Minyon and Corvus Wine & Dine in Istanbul and Sofra restaurants in London. Yet we’re more than happy he felt the need to leave all that behind and open this restaurant-cafe-delicatessen on the corner of the park.
In keeping with the simple and decidedly small space, Eat Box offers dishes portioned into small service plates. Our favourite has to be the cheeseburger, which comes with juicy 80-, 120- and 180-g beef alternatives, topped with caramelised onions and cheddar cheese well done enough to rival some of the most popular burger joints in Istanbul.
Those in the mood for a less messy option are recommended to try the Steak & Cheese or Sloppy Dürüm. The Steak & Cheese keeps the cheddar cheese and caramelised onions but swaps the beef in favour of sliced veal steak. The Sloppy Dürüm, on the other hand, is an uncommon find of minced meat and BBQ sauce wrapped in lavash bread. Both are great, but our vote goes to the Steak & Cheese.
Bursalıgil also caters to the dieters at Eat Box with salads as well as the ‘fake’ pizza made with thin lavash bread.
The food and warm atmosphere aside, one of our favourite qualities about Eat Box is that it’s pet-friendly. If you ask us, the prospect of working with a laptop and enjoying one of the chef’s specialty frozen drinks made with seasonal fruits as you’re distracted by a cat begging for your attention is enough to make us visit the neighbourhood – even if we have to travel to get there.
|Venue name:||Eat Box|
Jandarma Mektebi Sokak 1
|Opening hours:||Daily 11.00-23.00|