Dinner at Bayramoğlu Döner Kavacık

Dinner at Bayramoğlu Döner Kavacık

at Bayramoğlu Döner on 17 February 2020
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Doner is one of the most famous dishes of Turkey with literally a doner restaurant nearly on every street corner. The origin dates back to the 18th century during the Ottoman Empire, and frankly, it has never lost its appeal. Doner is one of the handful of dishes I could eat all the time – a combination of lamb and beef cooked on a vertical rotisserie with wood coal fire served on a plate with a side of lavash bread.

One of the most iconic places in Istanbul to eat doner is at Bayramoğlu Döner Kavacık. The location is far from any touristic sites, deep in the Asian side of the city. It was a 1 hour taxi ride from our hotel, but the effort was well worth it. There were no other foreigners in the crowd of over 100 locals enjoying dinner. What makes this place special is that it's cooked on real wooden fire, as opposed to many other doner spits, which are cooked on electric fires. That, in addition to the thinness, and the quality of the meat, makes this doner so special. It was so melt-in-your-mouth delicious that we easily finished two plates and left wanting more.
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Bayramoğlu Döner Kavacık, Istanbul (Sept 2019)
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