As you head north of London’s city center to Dalston Lane, where Kingsland Road becomes Stoke Newington Road, you may notice yourself surrounded by a multitude of Turkish restaurants. Named for Turkey’s largest city, Istanbul Restaurant specializes in meat — lots and lots of meat. In this episode of Dining on a Dime, host Lucas Peterson explores the ins and outs of the wonderful food of this country.
Some hot and cold mezze starters can be expected at a Turkish restaurant — think dishes with yogurt and eggplant, like babaganoush — and then the parade of meat dishes begins: shish kebab of chicken and lamb, kofte (a kind of meatball), doner kebab, chicken wings, adana kebab (a kind of mincemeat skewer), lamb ribs, and much, much more. Can Peterson handle the meat onslaught?