where you need to eat right now

A tiny shop tucked in the busy neighborhood of Kadıköy on the Asian side, serving a handful of scrumptious street food show-stoppers. Owners Kaan Sakarya and Derin Arıbaş come from a fine-dining background and apply their skills to gourmet fast food. Basta specializes in dürüm, flatbread wraps, and specializes in only five varieties. Smoked rib dürüm with harissa is a true reference but the sucuk dürüm, with homemade lamb chorizo and creamy hummus, is the one you’ll come back for. However, the finest jewel at Basta is not dürüm, but an intense lamb burger served with smoked eggplant mayo and caramelized onions. Don’t leave without the rice pudding with hazelnut and caramel crunch, a street food dessert you’d wish you could eat every day.