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Hala Restaurants, Istanbul

Last Updated on August 4, 2022

Hala has village women in the front window rolling out thin dough with broomstick rolling pins as you watch.

The dough is then baked into paper-thin lavaş (lah-VAHSH) bread, or used to make traditional country dishes such as mantı (mahn-TUH)a Turkish lamb-filled ravioli served with a light yogurt sauce. It's authentic and delicious, which is why most of the patrons here are locals, not tourists.

The flat dough is also used to make gözlemethin dough folded over various ingredients, then baked on the griddle.

You can get full meat meals here, but most people have soup, gözleme or mantı and ayran (the refreshing yogurt drink).

Hala Restaurant, Beyoglu, Istanbul, Turkey

Hala on İstiklal Caddesi.

There's a Hala on İstiklal Caddesi and another a few blocks away on Çukurlu Çeşme Sokak (around the corner at the far end of Büyükparmakkapı Sokak)(map).

Hala
İstiklal Caddesi No 137a (at Turnacıbaşı Sokak), BeyoğluIstanbul

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Çukurlu Çeşme Sokak at Büyükparmakkapı SokakBeyoğluIstanbul

—by Tom Brosnahan

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