New flavors are my favorite discoveries. When at home, I'm drooling over these pictures. When I finally get on the road my mind is on vacation but taste buds are at work. When I get back it's time to start cooking.
Genuine hospitality and cuisine, Fuego Cafe & Restaurant
On arrival to Istanbul, many tourists order the chicken şiş (chicken kebab) for a meal because it's familiar and safe, but they're really missing out on some of the best food in the world!
I encourage anyone that visits Turkey to gastro-travel though the country's tasty cuisine - sampling the many Ottoman dishes and succulent regional kebabs on offer. My favourite place to take guests is Fuego Cafe & Restaurant in Sultanahmet.
Fuego opened in early 2012 and is fast becoming one the most reputable restaurants in the tourism precinct. The outstanding service by owner operators - Can, Ali, Mehmet and Salih - earnt the restaurant a Certificate of Excellence by Tripadvisor in 2013. With those accolades you're garenteed to experience genuine hospitality here.
Try the Ali Nazik (minced beef on yogurt, eggplant and tomato mash), Hünkar Beğendi (tender lamb on a bed of smoked eggplant puree) or pilic dolma (stuffed chicken with a rich saffron sauce) and wash it down with a glass of Turkish wine from their comprehensive wine list. The restaurant is also open 'til late so pop in for a nightcap or two on your way back to your hotel. If you're a coffee drinker, ask Can, a former barista, to brew you a cappuccino, latte, espresso, French coffee, Irish coffee or even a herbal tea.
Fuego welcomes guests for breakfast, lunch and dinner all through the year and can cater for people with food intolerances - just ask your waiter for recommendations.
Afiyet olsun / Bon appetit