Yes, it is officially Spring in Istanbul. We had an amazing day at The Mansion on Saturday.
When I arrived there just after noon, the table was already set and the BBQ was ready with blazing flames.
We saved the best for last: Braised quince served with fresh clotted cream. It is a traditional Turkish dessert. I must try it at home and post the recipe someday. It is an amazing dessert.
This was just lunch. But as I said earlier, at The Mansion, we eat until we drop.
We had hamburgers for dinner. But not just any hamburger. The hamburger patties as well as the buns are from a butcher called Dükkan. Brothers Emre and Bulent Mermer have been stock-farming and selling their products to 5-star hotels and prestigious restaurants since 1998. In 2004, they decided to take their business to a next level and opened Dükkan. I have never been to their store but heard raving reviews from lots of people. And having tasted their burger patties, it looks like I will be visiting the store quite often.
Ralph was – as always – strategically placed under the table to catch the accidental (and some intentional) food drops.