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237 Holland Street

Somerville, Ma 02144

Phone: 617-440-7387

Website: www.istanbul-lu.com

Products & Services


Saganda / Turkish Brunch

(All omelets cooked and served in individual Turkish special pans, homemade Turkish bread and homemade special dip)

Plate of Turkish Morning (Popular breakfast items served as sampler. Turkish olives, kasar, beyaz peynir, sucuk, thin sliced pastrami, fruit, butter, recel, honey.. with sliced tomatoes, and cucumbers. Should be serving at least two people)



Kirmizi Beyaz (Omelet of Turkish beyaz peynir and fresh tomatoes) $7.00
Menemen (Very famous Turkish vegetable omelet with feta cheese) $7.50
Cilbir (Three dropped cooked eggs topped with yogurt and spiced with red peppers, garlic, butter sauce) $8.00
Kasarli Omlet (Turkish kasar cheese, tomatoes, cubical peppers) $7.25
Sucuklu Omelet Turkish dry beef sausage with eggs, tomatoes, onions) $7.50
Pastirmali (Beef Turkish pastrami onions, peppers and tomatoes) $7.50
Firinda Kabak (Shredded zucchini mixed with diced tomatoes, diced Turkish cheese and spices. Baked in the oven) $7.00
Firinda Kahvaltilik (Sliced Turkish bread mixed with eggs, tomatoes, green onion, Turkish cheese, green and red peppers. Baked in the oven) $8.00
Boreks (Turkish style homemade boreks (cheese, ground beef & more) $6.00
Mixed Plate of Boreks $9.00


Red Lentil (Lentils with tomato sauce and mint) $4.00
Paca (Lamb, yogurt and garlic. Very famous Turkish village soup) $5.50


Coban Salat (Very famous Turkish salad made with tomatoes, pickle cucumbers, chopped red onions, parsley, scallions mixed with olive oil, and lemon juice topped with Turkish beyaz peynir)



Akdeniz Salad (Mixed green salad with sliced red onions, sauteed mushrooms, shredded feta cheese, Turkish bread crumbs) $9.75
Peynirli Salata (Mixed of Turkish beyaz peynir, kasar and suzme yogurt with sliced tomatoes and cucumbers, splash olive oil,, and red peppers) $10.50
Piyaz Salat (White beans marinated in lemon juice, olive oil, chopped red onions sumac and parsley) $8.00
Cacik Salad (Very cooling salad,made with plain yogurt, shredded cucumbers, garlic and dill. Mixed with Olive oil) $8.00


Turkish Panini

(All Paninis Are Served In Our Homemade Bread)

Kirmizi Beyaz (Unsalted beyaz peynir, sliced tomatoes, roasted peppers)
Kasarli (Kasar cheese, with sliced tomatoes and roasted peppers)
Sucuklu (Turkish pastrami, sliced tomatoes, kasar, and roasted peppers)
Pastirmali (Turkish pastrami, sliced tomatoes, kasar, and roasted peppers)
Yengen (Mixed sucuk, pastrami, sliced tomatoes, kasar and roasted peppers)
Veggie (Sauteed eggplant, peppers, tomatoes, and kasar cheese)


Turkish Durum

(All Drum Are Served In Lavash Bread With Roasted Eggplant)

Dolma (Stuffed grape leaves with tomatoes, mixed greens and yogurt) $7.00
Hummus (Sliced tomatoes and mixed green) $7.00
Patlican Salad (Mixed greens and sliced tomatoes) $7.00
Mercimek Kofte (Red lentil kofte, tomatoes, mixed greens and yogurt) $7.00
Tavuk (Marinated chicken breast, mixed greens, sliced tomatoes) $7.00
Lamb Burger (Ground lamb mixed with beyaz peynir. Served with tomatoes and mixed greens, on Turkish home made bread) $8.50
Kebab (Ground lamb spiced with garlic and Turkish spices, red onions mixed with sumac, tomatoes and mixed greens) $8.50


Turkish Sandwiches

(All Sandwiches Are Served In Our Homemade Bread)

Dolma (Stuffed grape leaves with tomatoes, mixed greens and yogurt)
Kirmizi Beyaz (Sliced tomatoes, scallions feta cheese, olive oil)
Kasarli (Turkish kasar,sliced tomatoes, and mixed greens, sliced cucumbers, scallions and Turkish olives)
Hummus (Sliced tomatoes and mixed greens)
Patlican Salad (Roasted eggplant with mixed greens and tomatoes)
Mercimek Kofte (Red lentil kofte, tomatoes, mixed greens and yogurt)
Tavuk (Marinated chicken breast, mixed greens, sliced tomatoes)
Lamb Burger (Ground lamb mixed with beyaz peynir. Served with tomatoes and mixed greens, on Turkish home made bread)


Turkish Hot Tapas
Imam Bayildi (Baby eggplant stuffed with sauteed vegetables like green pepper, onion, tomatoes. Baked in the oven) $7.50
Mucver (Pan fried fresh zucchini, chopped with mixed with eggs, parsley, dill, feta cheese and carrots. Served with yogurt sauce) $5.50
Sigara Borek (Pan fried special dough filled with feta cheese, parsley, and egg yolk mix) $5.50
Kirmizi Beyaz (Roasted red pepper stuffed with suzme, mixed with garlic and spices. Finish with melted butter and red pepper sauce) $6.00
Izgara Patlican (Circle sliced grilled eggplant, topped with fresh sliced tomatoes, cheese and cubical peppers. Topped with tomato sauce) $7.50
Mercimek Kofte (Steam red lentil mixed with tomatoes, pepper sauce, parsley and scallion. Topped with yogurt) $5.50


Turkish Cold Tapas
Dolma (Stuffed grape leaves served with yogurt) $5.00
Hummus (Chick peas with tahini, lemon juice and garlic) $5.00
Patlican Salad (Roasted eggplant mixed with tahini, lemon juice, olive oil, roasted red pepper and parsley) $5.50
Haydari (Special thick Turkish yogurt mixed with fresh mint, garlic, dill, topped with melted butter, mixed with red pepper and garlic) $5.75
Taze Fasulye (Fresh green beans sauteed with onions, garlic and tomatoes) $5.50
Sak Suka (Sauteed cubed eggplant and green pepper, cooked in tomatoes garlic sauce) $5.50
Patlican Rulo (Grilled eggplant rolled with onions, green peppers, spiced and topped with yogurt sauce) $6.00
Enginar (Artichokes cooked with green peas, carrots, and potatoes) $6.50
Barbunya (Pinto beans cooked with sauteed onions, carrots and spiced) $5.75
Biraz Ondan Biraz Bundan (Little bit of this, little bit of that) Choice of six tapas except Izgara Patlican (Good for party of 4 or more) $22.00


Sultan's Delight (Eggplant puree prepared in a Turkish style. Topped with sauteed lamb) $14.50
Firinda Sebzeli Guvec (Traditional vegetarian home cooking dish. Fresh vegetables, cooked in the oven. Served over rice) $12.50
Mantarli Tavuk Buftek (Pounded chicken breast, rolled with sauteed mushrooms and onions. Spiced and baked in the oven. Topped with yogurt) $15.00
Tas Kebab (Traditional Turkish lamb stew. Cooked with tomatoes and onions. Served over rice) $13.50
Pirzola (Marinated lamb chops. Served over rice) $18.00
Etli Bamya (Sauteed lean lamb meat, topped with specially) $14.00
Tavuk Sote (Marinated chicken breast, sauteed with fresh vegetables. Served over rice) $13.00
Firinda Patlican (Cubed baby eggplant cooked with ground beef and lamb and spiced. Baked in the oven. Served over rice and coban salad) $15.50
Beyti Kebab (Famous traditional Turkish village style kebab, ground lamb mixed with bell pepper, garlic, and Turkish spices). Cooked in the oven and wrapped in lavas bread. Topped with special tomato sauce and yogurt. Served with coban salad.


Homemade Yogurt Kebab (Shish Kebab over sauteed cubed butter Turkish bread. Topped with special tomato sauce and yogurt. Served with coban salad. $16.50
Homemade Shish Kebab (Ground lamb mixed with onions, red bell pepper and garlic and Turkish spices) Served over rice and coban salad. $16.50


Baklava $5.00
Burma $6.00
Sutlac $5.00
Keskul $4.50


Coca-Cola $1.50 Coffee (Reg & Decaf) $2.00
Diet Coke $1.50 Regular Tea $2.00
Sprite $1.50 Cay (Turkish Tea) $2.50
Pellegrino $2.00 Turkish Coffee $3.75
Ayran $2.50    
Turkish Juice $3.00    

Food Cooked to Order. Prices & Items Subject to Change Without Notice. Add State Meal Tax To All Items.

Before placing your order, please inform your server if anyone in your party has a food allergy.

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General Information

10. Company Overview: Turkish Cuisine is the result of time-honored recipes of unexpected combinations that intrigue and delight the palate. Enjoy a unique dining experience unlike any you have had before. We stand alone in serving sumptuous Turkish Home Cooking. Enjoy our delicious Turkish Breakfast, and mouth-watering Turkish Tapas for your lunch and dinner dining pleasure. Eggplant has a special place in the Turkish cuisine. In a large number of side-dishes, and main courses -such as eggplant salad and eggplant puree prepared with cheese and traditionally served with lamb stew eggplant is the major element. Signature mezes include hummus, marinated lamb, dolma, and soujouk, served with our fresh homemade bread. We can provide you with more unique Turkish platters for your private parties and events. Delight your guests with the extraordinary dishes of the oriental Turkish Cuisine. Please call  for more details and great deals on all your catering needs. We offer great food, great service and very reasonable prices. And you can consider Istanbul'lu Turkish cuisine for your next catering event as well.

11. Company History: We opened our doors in 2010 with a vision of creating Somerville's finest authentic Turkish cuisine experience.  Ever since, our unique decor and friendly servers have hosted many pleasant evenings, lunches and brunches. You won't only taste the delicious and exquisite Turkish food at Istanbul'lu, but you will also experience the warm hospitality of Turkish culture. The executive chefs lead a team of specialty cooks from Turkey and are collaboratively introducing lesser known mezes and meat preparations to Somerville and surrounding towns audience. At Istanbul'lu, we are serious about the quality of our food as well as the service that we display. That is why we stay loyal to the traditional Turkish style cooking, and we only use the freshest of the ingredients to give you the most pleasant experience at Istanbul'lu. Turkish cuisine is largely the heritage of Ottoman cuisine, which can be described as a fusion and refinement of Central Asian, Middle Eastern and Balkan cuisines. Turkish cuisine has in turn influenced those and other neighboring cuisines, including that of Western Europe. So, take your friends, family or loved ones and feel as if you are at your home. Enjoy the tasty Turkish food with our ambitious food and service.

12. Type of Business: Turkish Cuisine

13. Year Established: 2010

14. Type of Organization: Sole proprietor

15. Number of Locations: 1

16. Client Testimonials:

Don't come here, you'll take up my table and that would not be a good thing. For $20/person, I ate delicious food that was satisfying, dare I say healthy, and fresh. Incredibly fresh, and unique, full of flavor. I tried things I normally wouldn't have and shared everything with my sister. Delicious. Service was friendly and efficient. It was a busy night but nothing felt rushed. I wish I could have eaten more, tried more flavors, but stomach said no. Small and intimate, definitely come here with a date!

By Kristine P. Source: yelp.com Posted 12/1/2010


I was so nervous, not being a hummus and grape leaf girl, to go to this place. Ross made the decision and since he rarely commits to a choice one way or the other being a very agreeable fellow, I felt it was essential that I go. We ordered three of the Turkish tapas and then the lamb stew over rice. Get the feta wrap things on the hot tapas menu. They are like Turkish Crab Rangoon and so good. The lamb stew over rice made me want to lick the plate. We had this awesome roasted zucchini but it was a little too drenched in yogurt for me. I'll ask for this with less yogurt next time. The bonus bread at the beginning is buttery and there is a good quantity for two people because once you start you don't want to stop eating it. The red pepper sauce you dip the bonus bread in is really yummy, too! Service was fast and friendly. The music was awesomely upbeat. The pretty scenes of Istanbul on the TV screen were so inspiring! Ready to go in 2012 to Turkey!

By Kylie B. Source: yelp.com Posted 10/24/2010


Such a great food! The bread and the dip they bring out for a starter is delicious! I got the chicken covered in yogurt, even though I was hesitant about it. It was so tasty everyone loved their meal and my husband is very picky! I would highly suggest trying Istanbul'lu if you enjoy trying different ethnic foods.

By Victoria I. Source: yelp.com Posted 9/30/2010


My friend and I want there for an early lunch and shared three tapas: the Patlcian Salad, (a chunky roasted eggplant spread); Sigara Borek, a crunchy and delightful feta in filo combo, and the Mericmek Kofte (a steamed lentil roll served with yogurt) which brought back fine memories of my trip to Turkey. These came with the already mentioned fine bread and spread. The prices are excellent for quality. The place is small (a cafe) and the staff are warm, gracious, and patient. All around a refreshing and charming meal and a good price. If I lived in the area I would be back often.

By Rob P. Source: yelp.com Posted 7/31/2010


17. Hours of Operation:.

5:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Wednesday - Friday
11:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
10:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
10:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
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