Prior to visiting Turkey, I’ve never been a fan of Turkish delight or baklava. I always found it far too sweet and to me could never compete with a heavenly slice of cheesecake. However coming to Istanbul, or rather the Hafiz Mustafa dessert cafe my perception on baklava and Turkish delight changed drastically. This is where you get the real deal, freshly made artisanal products with the finest ingredients since 1864. I have sampled baklava and Turkish delight in other parts of Istanbul, but it’s clear Hafiz Mustafa takes the trophy.
Kahvalti, or Turkish breakfast is certainly an elaborate affair and not something to be rushed. However at the Wyndham Grand Levent, this is an absolute understatement! The breakfast I had in Istanbul is certainly fit for any Sultan. The breakfast staples are flat breads, eggs, lamb sausage, borek, tomatoes/cucumbers, cheese, olives, and of course Turkish tea. The sheer varieties of preserved olives and cheeses alone were staggering. What if you have a sweet-tooth? Pastries, rose petal jam, dried fruits/nuts, and Turkish delight dominated the sweets department. The best part was that I get to have access to this for the next few days :D.