This is one of the most delectable cuisines in the world. Freshly baked bread is always on the table. Since butter or oil and tomato paste are used liberally in the meals, butter and ketchup are not served separately. The main dishes are vegetables cooked with lamb, mutton or veal. Rice, various pastries, bulgur, dry beans and a variety of vegetables cooked in olive oil are served as side dishes. The best kebabs are served in specialist kebab restaurants. Gourmets patronize certain traditional small shops for the best and most authentic Turkish pastries and desserts. As fishing is prohibited between May and September, the extremely savory fish special to Istanbul can only be found fresh in the other months of the year. Like all major cities of the world, Istanbul has restaurants specializing in various national kitchens. In recent years numerous fast-food outlets have sprung up. Nevertheless, typical restaurants are recommended for delicious regional dishes. White is the color of the two best known national beverages: raki, the one with alcohol, is a strong clear drink that turns to white when water is added, while the second, ayran, is a refreshing beverage made by thinning yogurt. Raki can be served both as an aperitif with dried fruits or white cheese and melon, and during meals. It is not normally mixed with other drinks. Anatolia is the homeland of wine and beer. Turkish winemaking has improved steadily and now offers good wines of every type, class and price range. The famous Turkish coffee is offered at every opportunity in small cups, either with or without sugar. The saying that "a cup of coffee will be remembered for 40 years" dates back to the 16th century when Turks first became acquainted with this beverage. Turkey is a paradise of fresh and dried fruits. Different seasonal fruits are shipped to Istanbul from all parts of the country the year round.
Asitane Restaurant is located in Edirnekapi, considered by many to be one of the most important areas of historical Istanbul. The restaurant lies in the shadow of the mighty Chora Church which is famous for its mosaics and is one of the most important and well kept buildings of the Byzantine era. Located high up in the foot hills overlooking the Golden Horn, Asitane opened its doors in 1991.The restaurant, whose dishes reflect the eclectic nature of the Turco-Ottoman neighbourhood, was named Asitane which not only means "Head Gate" in Farsi but was also one of the many names given to Istanbul throughout the reign of the Ottoman Empire.The restaurant periodically has themed weeks such as "The Age of Sultan Mehmet the Conqueror", "Ottoman Aphrodisiacs", "Fish and Seafood Ottoman Style" as part of its mission to introduce the tastes of a bygone era to all. Asitane Restaurant is open everyday from 11:00-24:00. Additionally the restaurant caters for weddings, organizations and other special events.
Darüzziyafe Turkish Cuisine was settled in the Suleymaniye Complex, which is one of the imposing edifices of the Ottoman Architecture. It entertains its guests in this historical ambiance by harmonizing the delicious heritage of the past with the modern understanding of taste since 1995.
Address: Şifahane Street No:6 34430 Suleymaniye - ISTANBUL
Develi Restaurant is a story of taste, expertise, professionalism and meticulousness that has been told from generation to generation. It was founded in Antep in 1912, by Arif Develi’s grandfather who is currently the Chairman of Develi’s Board of Directors. Arif Develi came to Istanbul in 1966 and opened Develi restaurant at Samatya, which is one of the historical places in Istanbul. Arif Develi met the industry at the age of 6 and thanks to his diligence and meticulousness, the Develi’s name has become a legend. Develi -which has become a classic in Samatya and a popular place for gourmets-reflects the abundance and grace of Turkish cuisine in the best way it can. Develi does not confine itself to Gaziantep cuisine and it also offers different tastes from the cuisines of Aegean, Mediterranean, and Central Anatolian regions’.
Doy Doy Restaurant a Turkish restaurant without alcohool. It is just a few steps from the hotel.
This rooftop restaurant-bar in a glass-walled penthouse is one of the city's trendiest spots. Come to see the amazing 360-degree views of St Antoine's and the Bosphorus and the rooftops of Beyoglu. The fusion menu is made for sharing, with most things mezze-sized: duck dim sum; chicken satay; polenta-crusted calamari with almond aioli; grilled sardines in vine leaves. There's also pasta, and fun pizzas like the Bollywood, with tandoori chicken, or the Local, with sucuk, olives, and goat cheese. A good post-dinner drinks spot when DJs play
Address :Istiklal Caddesi Misir Apt K:8, Beyoglu
Istanbul Tel No:212 251 1042