Asım Usta, the proprietor of the tiny Beşiktaş doner shop is without a doubt a national treasure. He has been feeding hoards of people patiently queuing in front of his for decades with his über delicious döner inside home cooked pide. His marination method is his own and so subtle that you do even have to season it yourself before eating. Karadeniz Pide Döner Salonu is also a recipient of Chowzter Awards as the Best Fast Feast of Europe Award. This is most definitely one of the most important pit stops for any gourmet traveller to Istanbul.
NOVEMBER 2019: Our list has a bit for everyone. The all-time greats as well as the new kids on the block, the posh and the downright shabby that have great food as well as great atmosphere are all in our newly put together list. Our favourites include ‘Best Fast Feast of Europe Award' recipient Karadeniz Döner as well as the timeless Latife Hanım Meyhanesi. If you want to taste great kebab in a casual setting look no further than Zübeyir Ocakbaşı or Beyti for a grander kebab dinner experience. If you are a CEO looking for fine dining options your choices could be Paper Moon for lunch and Sunset for the dinner. There are also the Turkish classics in historic settings which made impressive returns such as Pandeli at the entrance of the Egyptian Market and Sarnıç in the historic Peninsula.
Welcome to the Time Out Istanbul EAT List. Istanbul's best restaurants, handpicked by our local food editors. Everybody knows that Istanbul is one of the greatest foodie cities in the world. It encompasses a myriad of cuisines, great service, unique settings and very talented chefs. Our spectrum runs from great street food vendors to fine dining that Alain Ducasse would go crazy for. The places in our Eat List guarantee you a good time as well great food. They are simply the best restaurants that the great city of Istanbul has to offer.