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“The best meal I had in Istanbul!”
Review of Cooking Alaturka

Cooking Alaturka
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Cooking Alaturka offers daily Turkish cooking classes, either from 10:30 to 14:30 or from 16:30 to 20:30, to groups ranging from 2 to 11 persons. You cook five authentic Turkish dishes together with other travellers, under supervision of Rocco and his Turkish chef. Our classes are hands-on and fun, as well as informative. They are suitable for both professional chefs and kitchen novices. Afterwards, enjoy your cooking efforts over lunch or dinner with some local wine. We also function as a regular lunch and dinner restaurant, offering a daily-changing four-course menu. Reservations are recommended due to limited space.
Reviewed August 26, 2012

I came back from Turkey 3 days ago, and this morning I woke up remembering the incredible flavor of the charred eggplant in the Sultan Delight dish I made with Eveline!
I have taken cooking classes in many countries, but Cooking Alaturka has been the most professionally taught and the results were well beyond my expectations.
Eveline included in the menu a dish I requested when I booked the class: Yayla corbasi - Yogurt soup with mint. Delicious!!!
The class was taught in the restaurant's kitchen and Eveline organized the group (we were 5 people) in a way that we all got to try the different techniques. She was very well verse in the history of Turkish cuisine and its traditions. We sat to eat in the restaurant (Yes! it is a restaurant and you should try it!!) The wine offerings were excellent and complemented the dishes very nicely. The atmosphere was very friendly and relaxed although they were very busy with the lunch crowd that got to eat our cooking too!

Don't leave Istanbul without taking this class or at least eating at the restaurant, you'll remember it forever!

Thank Icventure
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Reviewed August 9, 2012

Having read about Cooking Alaturka on the web and in numerous guidebooks, we were pleasantly surprised to find it located right behind our hotel (Seraglio) in the Sultanahment neighborhood. After three weeks in-country enjoying Turkish food, we decided it was time for us to learn how to make some of the dishes we had been loving. We requested, if it was possible, to include two of these dishes among the five that the group would prepare and they were happy to oblige.

So... we learned how to make Hunkar Begendi (Sultan's Delight) that is essentially a creamy, smoked eggplant puree' with grilled lamb on top. HEAVENLY. And for a sweet treat, Shekepare', a semolina baked dessert which is sold alongside baklava in most shops but is even better and, to our pleasant surprise, VERY easy to make. We made three other dishes over this four-plus hour experience, and all came out well.

The food the group prepares is then served to restaurant patrons the same night, so strangers got to eat the food we made! The friendly atmosphere was wonderful, the wine that we enjoyed was the BEST by far of any throughout Turkey, the chef a pleasure. An experience not to be missed!

1  Thank EngTeacher
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Reviewed July 12, 2012

Could not have enjoyed cooking alaturka anymore, aside from the food being delicious, evaline, her chef and helpers were great as were the others doing the course. The food was delicious and traditional Turkish that I cannot wait to get home and share with friends. Definately recommend!

Thank teges
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Reviewed July 5, 2012

I requested a vegetarian menu and learned to cook 4 entrees with 10 other aspiring cooks. Eveline demonstrated every step of each recipe. We enjoyed our fruits of labor after. It is worth every penny to experience Turkish cooking with Eveline and George. I met a lot of nice folks from other countries also interested in Turkish cuisine. Good value!

Thank humphreycamel
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Reviewed July 2, 2012

- There was only 3 of us in the class, so it was like a private class which was good
- Eveline and Feyzi were both really friendly and helpful
- The recipes weren't challenging but it meant that we could have fun cooking and it wasn't at all stressful
- Delicious food - red lentil soup, zucchini pancakes, stuffed eggplant, beef and lamb dolmas and semolina syrup cake.

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