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“Kaymak in true authentic fashion”
Review of KaymakcI Pando - CLOSED

KaymakcI Pando
Price range: US$3 - US$22
Cuisines: Turkish
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Good for: Romantic
Dining options: Breakfast
Neighbourhood: Besiktas
Reviewed 13 February 2013

The space inside Kaymakçı Pando is tiny and run by the very gentle and elderly Pando and his wife. The bright blue door and the line of people waiting for a table especially on weekends make it easily recognizable. Kaymakçı Pando serves one of the best kaymak and this place has been in business for about 50 years with no change in ownership.

English is barely spoken at Kaymakçı Pando, if at all, but do not let that intimidate you. We learnt some useful words which helped us go quite a long way when ordering food even if it meant that we were not speaking in complete sentences. As long as you can get the point across, that counts, right?

The kaymak is absolutely divine. We smear it and the accompanying honey onto a slice of bread and we're in clotted cream heaven. We also had a glass of warm inek sütü (cow's milk) and some çay (tea). Request for the fried eggs to be prepared with sucuk which is a spicy Turkish sausage. The eggs are crisp on the edges and the thin layer of oil that is flavored from the sausage when cooking enhances the taste of something so simple like fried eggs. Pando may not speak much English but he sure knows how to say "egg" in English. The plate of sliced tomatoes, cucumbers, black olives, and cheese is somewhat a refreshing accompaniment.

Pando returns later and surprised us when he asked us about the food in English, "Very good?". Yes, they're very good. What an adorable man Pando is.

Date of visit: November 2012
1  Thank terinay
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Reviewed 12 December 2012

I read that the restaurant's owner speaks Greek, his wife speaks French and she has explained that the kaymak was made from buffalo milk which accounts for its richness.
We went there a rainy day and people would queue to taste their traditional breakfast and their great eggs. We loved the experience in a place that has visibly not changed since Pando opened it.

Date of visit: December 2012
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Thank Laurence H
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Reviewed 10 December 2012

A very old and great place and for a turkish traditional breakfast. Kaymak is delicious and Pando, the restaurant's owner, and his wife are very friendly and kind.

We're greek's, so it was a surprise that he talked to us in greek fluently.

Date of visit: November 2012
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1  Thank draftguide_ath
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Reviewed 1 November 2012

This is a breakfast restaurant having one of the most delicious kaymak (similar to butter) and honey. Also, the eggs are very delicious. This small restaurant has a long history. Pando, who is approximately 85 years old, is still serving with his cute wife. Pando is a little bit snuffy; but he is quite old, so this is very normal for his age. Contrary to him, his wife is so cute and helpful. If you visit Istanbul, it is worth to try.

Date of visit: October 2012
Thank CAN A
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Reviewed 18 August 2012

Just when you thought you'd tasted the most amazing delights that Turkey can offer, you taste Pando's Kaymakc, a rich, creamy treat, smothered in local honey. It's kind of like spreadable cream. Just order that and some tea. Heavenly! It's been months and I'm still craving it. I'd go back to Istanbul just for this. Seriously.

Date of visit: April 2012
Thank HockeyChef
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