Henry Teo founded Istanbul Gourmet in 1995. Back then, it started off as a small take away stall at the basement of Simei Mall to just “test” the market. Interesting enough, people were curious to find out what a chef was doing at a small take away stall, wearing a top hat and slicing chucks of meat off a kebab spit. The mixed smell of roasted chicken combined with the aromatic smell of local nyonya laksa was enough to keep people coming for the last 15 years. Together with great tasting localised food and huge servings, Istanbul Gourmet warmed the bellies of many and became a main stay in the Singapore food scene.
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I love this place for its Istanbul Laksa. The difference between this and the usual laksa we eat is that Istanbul Laksa has a thicker gravy, more laksa leaves, and has a shredded chicken kebab topping. It was absolutely delicious and furthermore, well worth the price of $3.30. You can choose to top up a hard-boiled egg for 50 cents too. As for their other dishes, my friends commented that Beef Bomb and Chicken Bomb are worth trying too. One downside about this place is that it has a very tiny seating area, so there are limited dine-in places. Also, the bar seating area is rather awkward to eat at with friends, as each person faces a mirror and eats. However, this is one of the best places to have a quick meal at Eastpoint Simei.