Izzet Uzunhasanoğlu, the owner of Izi Burger, which just opened up in Beyoğlu, is the kind of guy you would expect to see in a scene from 1969’s Easy Rider. His long hair and sculpted moustache should be riding the wind as his chopper traverses the endless road of some dry Arizona highway. Instead, Izzet makes hamburgers, and judging from the taste, we’re kind of grateful he wasn’t distracted by those motorcycle dreams.
The Izi Burger, with a 120gram patty of 100% beef, sits between the soft, almost sweet, specially made buns that Izi swears cannot be found anywhere else. On the wooden cutting board, upon which the creation arrives, fries with seasoning and two sauces are presented- Bloody Mary and homemade BBQ sauce. The Bloody Mary sauce, getting its name from the tomato and the bit of vodka that lies within, is used instead of ketchup.
Because Izi has just opened, the menu is a hand written affair with a few selections, most notably the Izi Laz Burger with fasulye turşusu (a sweet pickle known as a Black Sea region delicacy) and a large egg yolk exposed like a delicious orange eye. A few more staring eyes can be found beneath on the floor where a hand drawn mural by a local artist depicts a consuming monster stretching its tendrils in every direction.
In the future customers will decide what the burger creation of the week will be, and we know that the future will bring many people into this small ten-bar-stool-space that captures the essence of Beyoğlu. The kind of feeling that you are cool just for being there, in the middle of it all, with people who are using their creativity and a lot of Istanbul love to establish something novel (and delicious). Asmalı Mescit Mahallesi Ensiz Sokak No.8A, Beyoğlu; P: (0212) 243 5869