Turkey: Bursa’s Iskender Kebab
Visiting Bursa demands a trip to the local Iskender Kebab eatery, a small, blue, unassuming restaurant in the center of bustling Ataturk Caddesi. In the midst of commercial grandeur (which is what Bursa is known for) lies the quaint restaurant known for serving one of the best meals in Turkey to everyone from traveling tourists, to elite business types, to local clientele, all seeking a taste of unadulterated bliss. To suggest that this restaurant serves one of the best meals in Turkey is a bold claim, especially given Turkey’s rich culinary culture, but ask anyone from Bilecik to Batman about Iskender Kebab in Bursa and you are sure to get a positive, wide-eyed, enthusiastic response.
The dish is a perfect amalgamation of döner kebab, pide bread, tomato sauce, yogurt, and brown butter sauce. Its richness not only satisfies, but also inspires and enlightens. It’s a meal you feel guilty for eating and I briefly found myself looking about the restaurant interior asking, “Why me?” Surely there are more deserving folk out there. Indeed you pay a hefty price tag for the dish (about 25 TL), but understand that it’s worth every kuruş. So if you’re looking for the most delightful blast of calories and a worthy story to share, or if you seeking the Sultan-treatment, put your guilt aside and indulge.
Written by Eli Lovely