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Kofteci Arnavut

Mursel Pasa Cadd. 139, Balat, Istanbul, 34087, Turkey
Kofteci Arnavut Restaurant in Istanbul
David Hagerman
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The expertly grilled kofte served at this shop—lightly charred and crusty outside, juicy within—have been drawing crowds for more than 70 years. Arnavut is Turkish for Albanian, the people who are thought to have brought these tender pieces of grilled beef to Turkey during the Ottoman era. Each serving of 10 little kofte—which are seasoned with dried thyme and/or chili flakes at the table—comes with piyaz, a white-bean salad with tomatoes, onions, and parsley to dress with lemon or vinegar, as you wish. Don’t miss the kofte ekmek (kofte stuffed into a bread roll) and enjoy years of tradition with a view of the water from the park across the street.

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