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One of Sultanahmet's most outstanding restaurants emphasizes the Arab- and Kurdish-influenced cuisine of southeastern Turkey, from where the restaurant's owners hail. This translates to delicious mezes like hummus, muhammara (hot pepper and walnut spread), and thyme salad, as well as tasty kebabs like the lamb shish. Interesting non-kebab main dishes include lamb stew, which has chunks of meat in a thick sauce of onions, carrots, and prunes. Diners can sit outdoors on the cobblestoned sidewalk or get a table inside to watch the chefs prepare kebabs over the large charcoal grill.

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Updated: 11-19-2013

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    Wait till the construction is over

    We were in Istanbul and ate at Khorasani in mid-August 2013. The food was great, the service was outstanding, and I can imagine that this is a charming restaurant when the construction across the alley way (maybe 15 feet away) is over. They are building a new hotel and even at 7:30pm, they were at it. Very industrious people, but noisy and dusty. Still, they serve amazing flatbread (fresh from the oven and puffed up like a gigantic hollow loaf), a wide variety of mezes. I had a very interesting Greek style salad but with lemon dressing, dried apricots and figs. I would like to try to make this at home. My beef & lamb sharma (they don't call it that but that is what it is) was very tasty served with eggplant and yogurt. My husband had both the grilled calamari & the grilled octopus. He loved them both. I think they were trying to play Turkish music but it was hard to hear over the din of construction. Regardless, there were maybe 20 people sitting outside at Khorasani on a beautiful summer evening, and it seemed everyone liked their food!

    by judyzone, 8/15/13

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