excitement…

what has excited you? what excites you?

The other night a guest had told one of the waiters that they could not find anything that excited them on the menu. I smiled when I heard this. Then I thought about it, what would excite me in a restaurant? Would I have an expectation while choosing the place to go? If they would highly recommend it to me, would my excitement start from Continue reading

slowly cooked lamb…

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Erman’s point of view

Its name should originally be orzotto not risotto, because it consists of orzo not riso. But it is written as risotto in the menu. It says “orzo and mushroom risotto”. Orzotto with mushrooms would have been much nicer, but it could also cause confusion. The waiters could be confronted quite frequently with the question “Alright, I understand Continue reading

penne all’arrabbiata…

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Erman’s point of view

I think paste is one of the few dishes that is liked all over the world by millions of people. This miraculous taste that comes in many shapes, with different fillings and sauces, can be served as a dish on its own or as a complimentary to another dish. But just as it is miraculous it is merciless. Go and try it in a bachelor pad and Continue reading

why sekizistanbul? part One

I will never forget; maybe 4-5 years ago my old boss -that I like very much- told me “I am not going to support you anymore, because you are stupid. You are making the biggest mistake by leaving the job you are good at to follow your utopic dreams. That’s not what you are supposed to”. But I had already made my decision, I was going to follow Continue reading

stuffed mussels with fresh herbs and butter…

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Erman’s point of view

Honestly I am not a kind of a person that says “I’ll eat even my father if he comes out of the sea*”. I was never that type. When I was younger, I think I didn’t like seeing the fish with different type of eyes on my plates. Then I started to taste fish fillets. Slowly I got used to shellfish, starting with fried calamari, shrimps casserole, etc. But it was Continue reading

tasty things…

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When I was a child I always wondered how food could be so delicious. I was always watching, pursuing, inquiring and my mother would -always patiently- reply to my many questions. But still I was not satisfied with her answers; she would leave out many details. She was used to follow suit: she was used to carry on doing things just as my grandmother had done things, therefore Continue reading

appetite…

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Hunger is an ability or rather a result of our senses. Without us noticing, the colours, the textures, the smells and the expressions of food tickles our senses and awakens our appetite. Is this a mere play of our senses or are we largely affected by the land we are born on, the city we are living in? Continue reading