We could devote a weekly column to the culinary treasures of Istanbul’s polyglot Aksaray district and probably never have to worry about running out of things to say. The area is jam-packed with places to eat, and while we’ve written about many of them, Aksaray just keeps on delivering.
Having previously covered the Syrian , Georgian , Azerbaijani  and Uighur  restaurants that make Aksaray a true patchwork of culinary destinations, our most vulnerable soft spot still lies in the strip of kebab restaurants inspired by the cuisine of southern Turkey’s Hatay and Urfa and located adjacent to the metro station.
Be it a grand feast of meze and chicken slowly baked for hours in a salt structure shaped like a miniature igloo at the Hatay-inspired Has Kral , or the Urfa specialty of grilled lamb skewers served tableside at Ciğeristan, we keep coming back for these drawn-out, delicious meals that fortunately manage to not break the budget.
Read the rest of the review at Culinary Backstreets .