A pocket-sized shrine to börek in Paris’s Little Turkey.
The Yildiz family have been wowing ‘Little Turkey’ (in the 10th arrondissement) with their filo pastry delights for almost ten years now. They began with a kebab restaurant but due to increased competition, decided to turn it into Mesken Börek Salonu, a bakery with four small tables. And what a stroke of genius it was.
We’ve come especially for the börek (€2.50), a savoury filo pastry parcel eaten with ayran, a lightly salted cow’s milk yoghurt. Choose between meat, cheese, spinach or potato filling – our favourite was the ground beef, spiced with onions and parsley. The pastry was flawless, neither too greasy, nor stodgy; the stewed onions bringing in a lovely sweetness.
The börek is prepared the night before, stored in the fridge and cooked the following day. If you want to see a proper baker making this fine pastry – it’s an art to behold – come any day from noon until the early afternoon. For dessert, don’t miss their pistachio baklava (€1 per square), which is also made in-house. This tiny shop, with its mixed clientele of hipsters and Turks, is a true gem.
TRANSLATION: MEGAN CARNEGIE
|Venue name:||Mesken Börek Salonu|
15 rue de l’Echiquier
|Opening hours:||Mon-Sat 7.30am-8.30pm; Sun 10am-7pm|
|Transport:||Metro: Bonne Nouvelle ou Strasbourg Saint-Denis|
|Price:||€5 for a borek, drink and dessert|