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‘We don’t make dessert, we make baklava,’ says Nadir Gullu, the master baklavaci of Istanbul.
For an authentic experience of something as Turkish as Turkish Delight or the Ottoman Empire, why not come and spend a few hours in the company of this icon of Istanbul and learn all about mouthwatering baklava, the Sultan of Meals.
Turkish Baklava, also known as Fistikli Baklava or Pistachio Baklava is a deliciously rich, buttery, sweet dessert made from phyllo dough, finely ground pistachios, butter, and a syrup made from sugar, water and lemon juice.
The family business was set up in 1820 and Nadir’s father moved to Istanbul in 1949.
You’ll be able to tour the five storey factory across the water from Topkapi Palace and watch a demonstration of the baklava-making process by the master himself, as well as trying your hand at production.
There will be all sorts of pastries and assorted desserts to sample for lunch consisting of pistachio and walnut baklava and kadayif, served with tea and lemonade. Each guest receives a slice of baklava in a box with the flag of their own country on top.
Before visiting the shop, pause to have a group photograph with the great baklavaci before saying farewell.
Nadir Gullu has prepared his unique baklava for kings and world leaders and will do so for you.
An extraordinarily delicious taste of Istanbul, rooted deep in Ottoman tradition.