I rarely [outside New Orleans, Louisiana] have a double lunch but I’ve been walking upwards of 10 miles per day in Istanbul and consequently have an appetite like lumberjack.
So immediately after my Kara Mehmet visit I recon back through the Grand Bazaar to Gaziantep [blessedly nearby] and gaze at their wall menu. I don’t gaze long because I spot the Ali Nazeek which combines three of my favorite things: beef, eggplant and yogurt. With a busy staff mere moments pass before I’m tucking into the first beef I’ve had in almost a week.
Gaziantep artfully arranges their food. A large puddle of pureed eggplant encased in yogurt provides the bed upon which a dozen or so bite sized tidbits of deliciously charred beef sits. Little bites of tomato and flatbread circle the arc of the plate prettyfying the whole affair.
The yogurt is thick with a tang that bespeaks a contented cow. The beef, fork tender, smoky and delicious. I live in the heart of cattle country [Austin, Texas] and Gaziantep Burc Ocakbasi could open up hereabouts and give any of our world class steakhouses a run for their money.
It’s that good.
Address: Parçacilar Sok. No: 12, Grand Bazaar