Doner Kebab Istanbul Travel Guide / March 17, 2017
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Doner kebab is Turkey’s greatest gift to the global culinary map. “Doner kebab” loosely translates to “rotating kebab” as it is a gigantic stack of meat roasted vertically in a rotating manner.
The most popular variant of doner kebab in Istanbul is a mixture of lamb and beef, with the fat melting away as if to marinate the leaner parts of the meat to result in succulent, flavorful, melt-in-your-mouth layers of charred meat.
There are several ways of serving doner kebab – on a plate with a side of onions, tomatoes, pickles, and yogurt; rolled in flatbread; and naked – with no sides, no garnishes.
Here are the best places to have doner kebab in Istanbul:
- BAYRAMOGLU DONER | Beykoz
For no-nonsense melt-in-your-mouth doner kebab
What to order: Doner with rice, Baklava, Rice pudding
Price range: 6 to 24 TRY ($1.70 to $6.81)
When: 11:00 – 23:00 Daily
Where: Ruzgarli Bahce, Seyfi Baba Sk. No. 2, 34805 Kavacik, Beykoz, Istanbul
- ADANA OCAKBASI | Sisli
For mouthwatering kebabs and offal
What to order: Doner kebab, Eggplant kebab, Sweetbread
Price range: 7 to 25 TRY ($1.99 to $7.09)
When: 12:00 – 01:00 Daily
Where: Bozkurt Mahallesi, Ergenekon Caddesi, Baysungur Sk. No. 2/D, Sisli, Istanbul
- KARADENIZ PIDE VE DONER | Besiktas
For doner kebab that is worth the phenomenally long queue
What to order: Doner kebab, Iskender kebab, Kemalpasa
Price range: 4 to 17 TRY ($1.13 to $4.82)
When: 11:00 – 16:00 Daily except Sundays
Where: Sinanpasa, Mumcu Bakkal Sk. No. 6, 34353 Besiktas, Istanbul