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Top 10 places to eat in Istanbul

Thursday, April 7, 2016
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For the love of Turkish food

By Talal Al Rashed

 

Kantin

   Recommended meal: Lunch
   Location: Nisantasi and Bebek
   This little place offers some of the most delicious snacks and dishes using only seasonal
    ingredients and changing every day. As much as the dishes are familiar, the way they are
    prepared are considered revolutionary compared to similar places around the city.

Namli Gurme

   Recommended meal: Breakfast
   Location: Karakoy
   Acclaimed no.1 breakfast in Istanbul, Namli uses the freshest ingredients to prepare breakfast
   as it’s in fact a market that sells those products but has a kitchen and a large seating area
   Turkish breakfast selected over the country like a deli style.

 

Mangerie

   Recommended meal: Breakfast
   Location: Bebek

   Love this place! Everyone does. It’s on a rooftop overlooking the street and the Bosphorus, with
   a beautiful terrace. I call it, the place to have pancakes in Istanbul and the place to wake up
   falling in love with the city. From the name of the restaurant, you can sense its international feel
   with a small touch of Turkish hospitality like everywhere in Istanbul.

 

Ciya

  Recommended meal: Lunch
  Location: Dinner  

  It’s the only place I travel from Europe to Asia for, crossing the Bosphorus with  
  4 lira ticket to the busy district of Kadikoy on the Asian side to enjoy the seasonal dishes from the
  many regions of Turkey. It’s an experience by itself that can give a very comprehensive idea  
  about Turkish cuisine from all Turkey’s regions.

Bogazici Borsa

   Recommended meal: Dinner
   Location: Harbiye, Lutfi Kirdar Convention Center

   It is where Ottoman cuisine served at its best with silver service and chic ambience. The
   restaurant is a classic of Istanbul elite plate, with business and diplomatic crowd inviting their
   guests and business partners visiting Istanbul because they are sure that there is no
   compromise in serving the authentic Turkish dishes in the most elegant way possible. Highly
   recommended to try at least once and then venture into the cities other Kebab and doner places.

 
Duble Mezze

   Recommended meal: Dinner
   Location: Pera, near Istiklal street

   A rooftop, lounge where traditional Turkish mezze prepared in a modernised style; they
   serve some of the most delicious items you can ever have in Istanbul. The view of the golden
   horn and the historic peninsula is breathtaking and the crowd is sociable and ready to have
   conversations as the tables are near each other and the music is always mood-uplifting.  

Nezih

     Recommended meal: breakfast   
     Location: Rumelihisari

     Gaziantep is the city of the most renowned cuisine in Turkey; this place brings to Istanbul  
     Gaziantep’s delicacies. The breakfast is one of the biggest and most delicious, recommended    
     for groups and brunch who would like to have a morning Bosphorus experience.

Topaz

   Recommended meal: Dinner
   Location: Gumussuyu, near Taksim
   Topaz restaurant is known as the Jewel of Istanbul. It serves a neutral fine dining menu that is    
   appealing to everyone: a good balance between international and ottoman dishes served in a   
   contemporary way. Amazing ambiance with one of the best view of the Bosporus bridge.

Swiss Restaurant

   Recommended meal: Lunch and dinner
   Location: Kurucemse
   Istanbul is cosmopolitan enough to have excellent non-turkish restaurants ran by owners from
   different countries. This elegant, cosy winter garden restaurant located inside the peripheries of
   Les Ottomans Boutique hotel. Swiss food at its best served on the Bosphorus for a change,
   rather than in a ski-resort in the Alps.

Park Fora

   Recommended meal: Lunch
   Location: Kurucesme

   To me, one of the places to eat fish is Turkey, and Park Fora offers one of the best experiences
   to enjoy seasonal mezzes and fish in an elegant setting on the Bosphorus. The restaurant is
   located in a beautiful park on the Bosphorus. It is a little pricy just like most of seafood places with
   style, however Park Fora, unlike most of the others, offers a great value-for-money.

By Talal Al-Rashed

Talal is from Kuwait and based in Istanbul and Dubai. He is a food & hospitality connoisseur and a Glion graduate from Switzerland. Follow him on Instagram and snapchat.

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