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Time Zone: GMT+3
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A hearty savoury meal popular across the Indian subcontinent, Middle East and Eastern Europe, pilaf is a crowd-pleasing rice based dish with numerous variations. The rice is often sauteed in oil then combined with spices, vegetables and meats, and can be tried at Cumba when in Turkey.
A dumpling dish popular through most regions of Turkey, manti are usually boiled or steamed, and stuffed with beef or lamb mince. When visiting Izmir they can be sampled at Cafe la Cigale, a popular local haunt found on Alsancak Cumhuriyet.
A tangy Mediterranean snack enjoyed across various regions of Turkey, the acquired taste of the dolma is one worth working for. Most commonly a preparation of rice and vegetables wrapped tightly in vine leaves and served with lemon, they are a known delicacy of Bogazici Restaurant in Izmir.
A popular dish in Azerbaijan, Iran and Turkey, the stuffed eggplant dish of karnıyarık is one to savour many times when visiting Izmir. Often filled with beaten meat, onion, herbs and spices, it’s worth the 20 minute drive out of the city to try it served traditionally at Dönerci Vedat Usta.