With my friends Hande, Emir and Kerim off to attend to some business, I was left to my own devices in Tarabya so wandered along the Bosphorus to Yenikoy with its abundant cafes and eateries.
After a stop in Sedona Concept for espresso, I headed just next door to a well-regarded kebab shop called Tiryaki. Open 24 hours, I caught it at a quiet moment. It was a sleepy Thursday lunchtime so this was much as expected.
I was seated next to the window in their interior dining space – there’s a large outdoor terrace for warmer days – and brought the menu to peruse.
It was packed with the expected classics so I kept things fairly simple. I started with their lahmacun then followed with the iskender kebab.
High quality puffed sesame bread promptly arrived with good sesame butter. This was a warmly fresh delight.
The lahmacun soon followed. The light and crisp dough was topped with the classic spiced mince to which I added lettuce, parsley and lemon before rolling up and shoving faceward. It was a really good version of a dish I’ve sampled in quite a few places.
The iskender – thingly sliced lamb in tomato sauce atop bread chunks – was highly satisfying as well.
Overall, Tiryaki looks to be doing a very good job in meeting the kebab needs of this lovely corner of Istanbul. I can see it being a great stop after a few beers or indeed as a way of chasing the morning after pain following such an evening. I’ll definitely be back next time I’m in town.
Blythe scores Tiryaki
4/5 for food
3/5 for presentation
3.5/5 for service
3.5/5 for setting
giving an overall 14/20
I ate: lahmacun, iskender kebab
I drank: Efes, water
I wore: maroon shirt
Total bill: 66 YTL