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Looking for a satisfying, hearty meal in a busy city like Istanbul can be tough, especially when there are so many restaurants and stalls selling the same thing: kebab.

Shortly after only 3 days in Turkey, my stomach started repulsing at the idea of skewered meat and giant piles of rice as side. Haqqi, a huge Egyptian man who owns a tour agency in the country, convinced us that Oz Urfa Restaurant in Taksim is to be made an exception. To be exceptional is a big word. One too big to miss . . .

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{Lahmacun memang cun!}

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{Deeply marinated}

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{Hardworking doughs}

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{Must Have: Oz Urfa’s unique selling point}

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{Hungry and impatient: Getting my hands on one!}

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{TIP: Mention to the owner that you got this recommendation from Haqqi to receive special treatment, like this starter we got for free}

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{Ken the pilot and I, with secret ambitions to be gluttons that night}

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{Dream kebab – the meat juicy and tender, vegetables nicely charred, nothing was too oily; leaving stomachs happy even after a huge meal}

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{MUST HAVE DESSERT: Künefe}

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{Turkish guy who insisted on taking a picture with me or he wouldn’t let me go home}

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The verdict? We can’t agree more that this restaurant recommendation, should come stamped with the word “MUST”.

Contact 
Address: Gümüşsuyu, 34437 İstanbul, Turkey
Phone: +90 212 243 0014 
Opening Hours: 12:00 – 1:00
Takes cards. Comes with WiFi. 
 

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