Definition of meze is selection of small, hot or cold dishes served as starter in Mediterranean region. Cafe Istanbul serves variety of meze to try. Some are vegetarian while others may have beef, lamb, or seafood. Some are served hot and some cold.One of the most famous mezes is Yaprak Dolmasi (stuffed grape leaves.)
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Turkish cuisine is largely the heritage of Ottoman cuisine, which can be described as a fusion and refinement of Central Asian, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean and Balkan cuisines. Turkish cuisine has in turn influenced those and other neighbouring cuisines, including those of Western Europe. The Ottomans fused various culinary traditions of their realm with influences from Middle Eastern cuisines, along with traditional Turkic elements from Central Asia (such as yogurt), creating a vast array of specialities—many with strong regional associations.
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Sweets and desserts have always been an important and distinctive element of Turkish cuisine. That was true in Ottoman times and is just as true today.
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