Food & Restaurants
Visitors have always praised Turkish cuisine. It is based on the use of best quality meat, fresh fish and vegetables, carefully prepared and served. Meze, hors d'oeuvres, is the most important part of the Turkish meal; therefore the visitors should allow long time dining out.
Many Turks drink beer, wine or rakı, an aniseed-flavored spirit. Popularly known as aslan sütü 'lion's milk', this is a type of grape-brandy. In recent years Turkish wines have become very well known. Besides the world famous kinds of grapes, local types of grapes are also used to produce wine.