I admit I was skeptical when my friend, the Turkish food writer Ayfer Ünsal, told me that we’d be dining at a restaurant across from the Istanbul airport. I actually groaned when I saw the tour buses parked in front of an imposing cluster of sleek, modern buildings.
Ayfer only smiled mischievously. "Prepare to be amazed," she said.
I was! The restaurant she’d chosen, Kasibeyaz, turned out to be a revelation, serving exquisitely prepared classic and modern Turkish dishes.