Esnaf Lokantasi are local cafeteria style restaurants catering to tradesmen and workers.
The lokanta serves a very particular clientele whose needs are that of a quick and easy meal at a reasonable price. Sort of like the Turkish fast food, all the meals in a lokanta are pre-made and dished onto a plate to order. The food is held in steam trays which means it is not particularly hot. On the other hand, the norm in Turkey is to serve food luke-warm rather than boiling hot.
The main purpose of an Esnaf Lokanta is to serve the obligatory meal to the workers, which their employer is required by law to provide.
A great advantage to eating at one of these establishments is the point and choose method of picking out a meal.
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