It would be a gross misrepresentation to suggest that Turkish food is all about kebabs. It really isn’t. Sure, they’re famous – ask the average man in the UK street to name a Turkish dish, and he’ll probably tell you about döner kebabs. (Fair enough – nothing else tastes quite so good when all the pubs have shut.) But as we’ve discovered, Turkish cuisine is really all about everything but kebabs – the finely spiced Ottoman rice dishes, the seafood of the north, the spices and sweets of the south-east, the olive-oil-braised vegetables and wild herbs of the Aegean. Don’t get me started.
But having said that, there’s a lot of kebabs in Turkey. And sooner or later, you’re going to end up eating one. And there’s a lot more variation – and flavour – in the kebab world than you might think. Some of them, in fact, are downright delicious. So to help you find the best and avoid the less desirable, here’s our all-time top most tasty kebab list.