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Aug 01
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İlkadım Lokantası: Hospital Food

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For an Istanbul restaurateur, to count among your regulars a cadre of doctors appears to be a sign of achievement worth bragging about. Among the many restaurant tips we have received is one that led us to the subterranean İlkadım Lokantası, backed up by the promise that doctors are known to eat there. In fact, at lunchtime at İlkadim, a humble esnaf lokantası in the Çapa district, there were so many doctors, medical technicians and pharmacists that it seemed that there was a “lab coat required” policy in effect.

Located across the street from Çapa General Hospital since 1975, İlkadım’s dining room is carefully – if a bit grumpily – attended to by career waiter Mustafa Nalbant, who has worked there since opening day. Owner Osman Bilgin said of Mustafa Bey, “He has a diploma in waiting tables.”

So rather than pick from the dozen or so mounds of roasted meats, vegetables, pilavs and stews at the open kitchen, we consulted Mustafa Bey for advice. What are all those doctors eating? Continue…


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