Happy Birthday to Us!
(Editor’s Note: It’s no joke! Today, April 1, marks Istanbul Eats’ 2nd birthday! Thank you to all our readers for your wonderful support and great feedback. To add to the joy, we also just found out that we’ve been chosen as one of 2011’s “Best Food Blogs” by the Tripbase website. In honor of the day, we are happy to rerun our first ever review, of Beyoğlu egg house Lades 2. In fact, we may head down there for a celebratory menemen and chicken breast pudding. Tebrikler!)
The no-frills Lades 2 presents diners with that age-old question: what to eat first, the chicken or the eggs? This restaurant – a Turkish version of the American-style greasy spoon diner – specializes in all things fowl, from chicken soup, to a variety of egg dishes and even a dessert that, we kid you not, weds a thick, milky pudding with chicken. Even the name – “lades” means wishbone in Turkish – follows the chicken theme.
Lades 2 is located on a side street off the busy pedestrian-only İstiklal Caddesi, in a lively area filled with cafés and small nightclubs specializing in Turkish folk music. Across the street is the original Lades, a more respectable joint that serves classic Turkish food to a busy lunch crowd (and worth a visit in its own right). Lades 2 has a more proletarian vibe, with tables of mostly unaccompanied men scarfing down their food in a kind of monastic silence, broken only by the waiters shouting to the two short-order cooks in the back. (For the full review, click here.)