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Kantin & Kantin Dükkan Bebek
Full disclosure: Kantin is owned by one of my closest friends, chef Şemsa Denizel. Even before our friendship blossomed, I loved this woman’s modern Turkish cuisine prepared with seasonal ingredients. And in case you still think I am biased, just Google Kantin. Chefs and journalists agree that Şemsa’s food is exceptional. I think she serves the best food in town and I’m not alone.
Kantin is set in the posh Nişantaşı neighborhood. The restaurant is up a flight of stairs from street level, while the Dükkan (shop), which sells prepared foods, is down a flight from the street.
At both the shop and restaurant, forget about finding dishes made with foreign or out of season produce. There are no fresh tomatoes or eggplants in the winter when pazı (chard) or hamsi (Black Sea anchovies) are in season. Soups, çitir (crispy flat breads cooked in the brick oven) and beautifully interpreted traditional dishes are some of Şemsa’s specialties. Her kokoreç, is super-seasonal and only served when its main ingredient, lambs intestines, are thin and delicate.
In April 2013, Şemsa opened a second shop, which sells prepared foods and serves breakfast and sandwiches in Bebek.