So this is pretty hard, actually. There are a lot of great steak and burger places in Istanbul. But, I can only talk about what I know so don’t kill me in the comments (Who am I kidding, nobody comments here! hahaha.)
First, I want to talk through the experience of having steak in Istanbul. It’s AMAZING.
The meat literally melts in your mouth, falls off the bone… and it tastes like it’s supposed to taste, obviously with added salt…
… but seriously though (I’ll get to Nusr-et later), that’s exactly what it is. Now, granted, my experience before this was over-cooked steak, Indian style, overloaded with spices so you don’t actually taste “meat”. This was a revelation. and this goes for all the meat – beef, lamb, whatever.
That’s not all though, there’s mustard, two kinds, light and dark… the dark is the one you want to go for (which we refer to as wasabi, because it has the same effect but different, kinda)… Now, I’d like to get into that experience, but a good friend of mine actually poetically put it down as…
“There’s a moment when you’re rolling your eyes at the amazing steak and then the wasabi kicks in and plays on the nasal passages it’s like a theme park ride it’s awesome.” – Zubair Habib
Another notable quote to make my point … “the steak was amazing… I love that it’s naked, just steak, no sides no sauce.”
Okay, let’s get to the meat of the matter, what are the best places in Istanbul to eat steak at?
It may seem like a cliche because of all the media attention and the meme extraordinnaire but make no missed-steak (hahahaha), this place is the real deal. I recommend the Meat sushi (for the theatre and the thing itself), the Beef Ribs and the lamb chops. The one in Etiler is the original steakhouse.
- GÜRKAN ŞEF
Trademark Moustache, same quality as Nusr-et. Story is they both trained at the Gunaydin (next in the list) in the list before they became big names themselves. He’s obviously not as big as Nusr-et but the place is just as expensive and he’s just as quirky. Go straight for the steak on the menu, but even the lamb chops were pretty amazing. This guy’s also in Etiler.
These guys are the standard Turkish Steakhouse, but that doesn’t mean it has any lack of quality. It’s less expensive than the above, less fanfare and theatre and quirkiness, but it has all the great meat you need. The one in Etiler is the best, in my opinion, but they’re everywhere… you can’t miss them. Go for steak or kofte on the menu, they’re all good.
I should mention though, generally, the service is pretty awful, everywhere. Still trying to figure out why… but it is what it is.
… and sorry for the dad jokes.