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Thursday, March 20, 2014

Saray Muhallebicisi - Istanbul, Turkey

Saray Muhallebicisi is a cafe in Istanbul, Turkey that has opened since 1935 and is popular with locals and tourists.  I've been unlucky on my first visit to this cafe, choosing to sit in the popular Nisantasi branch, I didn't like what I had.  Eyeing nearby tables I noticed most if not all of the people around had ordered the 'kazandibi', which is shredded chicken in burnt pudding, didn't sound that appetizing to me, but appearently everyone says its good.  Maybe next time I visit Istanbul, I'll give it a try.  On our recent visit, we missed Istanbul's  Turkish tea and Turkish coffee so much, that we wanted to give this cafe another try to dismiss our previous verdict. Their Sehlep, a winter thick milk with mastic drink topped with cinnamon, was good but runny, we didn't like their kenafe because it was served burnt and was really oily.  We went for a second time, and I loved their chocolate pudding. The word 'Muhallebicisi' means pudding (muhalabeya), so they are supposed to be good at producing that.  Go for the chocolate pudding!
افتتح مقهى ساراي موهلليبيسي عام 1935 وهو المقهى المفضل للمحليين والسواح.  تجربتي في المقهى كانت فاشلة وكنت رابحة للفرع المشهور في نيشانتشي ولكن قلنا نجرب مرة ثانية خلال سفرتنا الأخيرة وتجربتي كانت في فرعين.  السحلب ما كان سيء لكن سائل مثل الماء والقهوة التركية والشاي كان جيد ومضبوط أما الكنافة كانت فاشلة محترقة ودهن وطعمها عادي.  في زيارتي الأخيرة قررت أجرب المحلبية بالككاو ولأن المقهى مختص في المحلبية وأكثر المقاهي في اسطنبول تقدم أنواع كثيرة والواحد يحتار شنو يختار.  المحلبية ممتازة وأنصح فيها.  ودايما نلاحظ ان الكل يطلب المحلبية المحروقة وفيهل قطع دجاج واكتشفنا ان الطبق الأكثر طلب وان شاء الله في المرة الياية أتشجع وأجربه

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