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Turnacibasi Sok. 4, Beyoglu, Istanbul, 34420 | +212 245 7501, Turkey
Hayvore Restaurant in Istanbul
Courtesy of Hayvore
Price range
Local haunt, Casual

Hayvore, which specializes in dishes from Turkey's Black Sea coast, sits just off the pedestrian thoroughfare Istiklal Caddesi. You’ll recognize a strong American Southern inspiration: corn bread, sturdy leafy greens (collard-green-like “black cabbage” shines in a chunky soup with borlotti beans and dried corn), and cornmeal-crusted fried fish. Hayvore's kuru fasulye—Turkey's national dish of dried white beans slowly stewed in tomato sauce—is among Istanbul's best versions. Don't miss dessert, whether it’s a caramelized pumpkin garnished with walnuts or the laz boregi, a pastry-wrapped milk pudding studded with Black Sea hazelnuts that’s doused in syrup.

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