When a colleague of ours in Marmaris invited us to dinner and pulled the car up outside of La Kebab, I expected a run-of-the-mill meat meal. By the end of the evening, I was already making plans on how to return to this fabulous restaurant. Everything we ate was sheer perfection. The hummus was wafting with garlic and lemon; the haydari was made with thick, hung yogurt; the lamb shish was falling off of its skewer; the köfte had fresh pistachio ground in with its spices; and the içli köfte was a labor of love. This is not a romantic restaurant – it is very brightly lit, noisy, busy in the traditional Istanbul ”lokanta” style and full of local Turks. Service is brisk and efficient and you will need to hold on to your plate and glass lest a zealous waiter tries to replace it yet again with a clean one. I have never encountered so much flavor under one roof. Well done.
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