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Jun 02
Saturday

Asmalı Cavit: Special Orders Don’t Upset Them

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We can’t prove it, but we suspect a network of tunnels lie underfoot in Beyoğlu connecting most of the meyhanes of Asmalımescit and Nevizade sokak to the same mediocre kitchen. We have tasted the haydari, patlıcan salatası, pilaki and lakerda at scores of meyhanes in this little dining district. Most are good enough when the rakı is flowing but none are outstanding. Following a number of tips, our search for a standout meyhane led us to the unassuming Asmalı Cavit on Asmalımescit Caddesi, where we’ve consistently had outstanding meals. Here we found a traditional meyhane bucking the trend toward mediocrity with subtle but significant tweaks that, for us, make the meal. Continue…


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no responses - Posted 09.28.11
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11 responses - Posted 08.08.11
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1 response - Posted 05.30.11
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4 responses - Posted 05.01.11
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6 responses - Posted 02.28.11
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