Lahmacun is one of those mysterious foods where a lot is created with so little. It checks all of the boxes of a perfect savory snack: crispy, oven-fired crust, light and spicy meat spread, a fresh green garnish and a tangy spray from a lemon. It’s like an artisanal pizza with a Middle Eastern topping wrapped around a side salad – for the cost of a shoeshine.
How anyone could not love lahmacun is beyond us. Still, we hear they are out there. The only explanation is that they have never had a really good one. For in the hands of a real master, or usta, a paper-thin round of dough topped with a simple mix of ground peppers, meat and spices becomes something magical – almost a living thing. We’ve narrowed down our list down to our top three lahmacun makers in Istanbul.
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