List of The Best Doner Kebab Restaurants in Istanbul. We bring unexplored flavors to you at Biyeregitsek.com in English .
“Doner” is the easiest flavor we can access while walking on the street, and even “I hear you say” wherever we turn our heads, there is a Doner Kebab “. However, on this list that I will present to you may be places that many people may have known before, but nevertheless did not have the opportunity to discover its flavor before.
I make it easy for you and rank the five best and most delicious Doner Kebabs in Istanbul, and the rest is up to your taste J
1.DURSUN EMMİ / GÜLTEPE-BAYBURT DÖNERİ
If you want to eat a real “Bayburt Doner” with a different style of cooking meat that I can describe somewhere , which is not very well known in Istanbul, your address should be “Dursun Emmi Gültepe”. When we talked to our chef , he explained that , they cooked the Doner by adjusting the temperature of the fire according to his own style without bringing the Doner close to the fire (direct exposure to the fire is not acceptable.) Regarding this small point, a magnificent result emerges, you taste a meat that dissolves in the mouth like Turkish delight. In addition, the style of eating Doner varies from person to person. For example, according to some people, Doner is eaten plain, and for some, it is rice ( pilav ) that will add more flavor to a well cooked Doner. My humble opinion is that Doner is eaten with rice.
Dursun Emmi meets exactly the conditions I am looking for in terms of taste. It is among the top of my Doner Kebabs in “biyeregitsek.com”.
Lezzet 95 Temizlik 90 Servis 70 Atmosfer 60
2.ZÜMRÜT BÜFE/EMİNÖNÜ MISIR ÇARŞISI
“Zümrüt Bufe”, which literally meets the phrase “eat and go “, in a central location that we can call old Eminönü, which we can give Fatih.
Founded in 1961, the venue was also frequented by “Tahtakale” tradesmen. Dursun Chef has been at the beginning of Doner Kebab for years and has become the loved one of the customers over time.
Zümrüt Büfe is one of the places that have created their own style over time, they put mashed potatoes in the special Doner in winter months, so that you can choose it as mashed potatoes or plain. I am one of the people who eat Doner plain or with potatoes, I think tomato or pickle as a side dish changes the taste of Doner.
A special part is Ayran which is the best friend of Doner , Especially if you can find churn yogurth , it will be a great couple.
On the other hand, Zümrüt Büfe ranks second in the list of the best Doner Restaurants in Istanbul on “Biyeregitsek.com”.
Lezzet 90 Temizlik 80 Servis 70 Atmosfer 50
3.DÖNERCİ ENGİN/ KARAKÖY ŞİŞHANE-ERZURUM YAPRAK DÖNER
It is one of the popular places on my list due to the discovery of Vedat MİLÖR ( Turkish Gourmet ) before.
The meat cooked in Erzurum leaf Doner style is offered to customers in the form of a “20% + 80%” lamb / veal mixture. I do not prefer add too much salt to the doner, preferably, I can specifically taste the cumin and spice mixtures in the Doner. If the term for Doner of “Donerci Engin ” is right, I can say flavored Doner J .
Although the place is popular, it is shabby, it does not need renewal and I think it is always the best in terms of preserving its originality to remain natural. For those who prefer to eat Doner in the form of bread instead of plain food, again a plus point, I can say that the bread is very crispy J
All of the Doner Kebabs in my list are of the quality that can be number one in the buyers, but we have to make a list and we put it on third place on “” biyeregitsek.com “.
Lezzet 90 Temizlik 80 Servis 70 Atmosfer 50
4.SÜRMENE DÖNER / KÜÇÜKÇEKMECE -KARADENİZ USULÜ DÖNER
As the name suggests, the classic Black Sea cut and presentation returns. Personally, I liked the Doner but I think minced meat is more prominent as a mixture. Its smell is really appealing, Many people around me and people who know their job well can put this Doner at the top of the lists , but “Sürmene Doner” is in the fourth place in “biyeregitsek.com”. As a small addition, don’t be fooled by the fact that it is in the neighborhood, Doner is really delicious, maybe even in a quality restaurant you can not easily eat a Doner of this flavor.
Just note ; I know our topic is Doner, but after eating at this place, I should not pass without tasting Trabzon Baklava J
Lezzet 85 Temizlik 70 Servis 70 Atmosfer 50
5.KASAP OSMAN/ SİRKECİ
The most important element in a doner is of course the meat used, and when the owner of the place is a butcher, it becomes impossible for Doner to be bad in “Kasap Osman ‘’ . The place is an artisan restaurant, two-storey, while the butcher section continues on the upper floor, while the lower floor serves as a Doner Kebab restaurant. I know that ” Kasap Osman” has not been discovered by popular gourmets until today, but it is surprising that the place is still unheard of today, and it is also a great loss.
Doner is cooked on wood fire, and when I asked them about its content, I learned that Doner is served as plain meat without minced meat. Minced meat mixture reduces the smell of doner, although the foods I eat are sensitive to smells, it never bothered me that this Doner was made of pure meat without the addition of minced meat.
I preffer to eat Doner within lavash and in “Kasap Osman”, Doner is served with french fries and lavash, you don’t have to ask for extra lavash like in most Doner kebabs, let’s write a plus point for it J
“Kasap Osman” deserved higher places on the list, but the dominant meat may not appeal to everyone, so we put it in the fifth place in “Biyeregitsek.com “.
As a suggestion, I say don’t go without tasting in terms of accessibility due to its central location.
Lezzet 80 Temizlik 70 Servis 70 Atmosfer 70
Finally, there are many good quality Doner Kebab that you can eat in Istanbul, but some are close but some are far. I have put in a list the places that are not known or well-known by everyone, with my own taste and comments from the other peoples.
You can make your own order by exploring these places.
Enjoy your meal J