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Moved to San Francisco, doing Istanbul-themed pop-ups every week with my wife at www.feastly.com/lauraandsayat
Named after the poche, historical Istanbul district, Pera offers classical Istanbul mezes, primarily influenced by the Aegean but representing all regions of Turkey. Though I'm overall disappointed with Middle Eastern food in Manhattan (and therefore one day would love to fill the void), I find Pera coming close to meeting expectations when it comes to simple mezes and dishes from the infinitely diverse Istanbul cuisine. The restaurant's concept is not exclusive to Istanbul, which is where it gets confusing to me, especially when risottos and Moroccan spices, hericot verts pop up on the menu. Having said that, the mezes are always well balanced, well seasoned, and confident in their delicacy.
In some ways, the embrace of the entire Mediterranean makes sense, as the capital of an empire that once spanned three continents Istanbul has once offered flavors from the entire Mediterranean region.
Get the $25 meze sampler even if you're just passing by. It's worth a stop. Oh, disclaimer, the owner is a graduate of my high school, though we haven't met yet.
Not to be biased, but Italian food is the best
Istanbul is one of my favorite cities I have ever visited, and I have a similar longing for some of the incredible cuisine I tried there. This will definitely be a spot I go to check out.
12 months ago
Let me know what you think! Bon appetit!
12 months ago
I cook with wine. Sometimes I even add it to the food.
Amazing recommendation! I loved reading this :)
Thank you very much!
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For awesome Szechuan food, look no further.
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