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Ottoman Cuisine


Overlooking the Golden Horn, Asitane Restaurant is perched in the foothills of Edirnekapı, 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, famous for its mosaics and one of the most revered and well preserved buildings of the Byzantine era.Asitane opened its doors in 1991, serving dishes reflecting the eclectic nature of the Turco-Ottoman neighborhood. Asitane was one of the many names given to Istanbul throughout the era of the Ottoman Empire, and today Asitane Restaurant brings to life the tastes of a glorious bygone era. After 20 years in hospitality, Asitane now boasts an impressive archive comprising over 450 forgotten sweet and savory recipes, prepared according to 500-year-old cooking methods.
Dress Code : Smart / Casual
Distance : App. 25 min drive
Adress : Kariye Camii sok No 6 Edirnekapı


This cuisine has prevailed mostly in the kitchens of the Ottoman Palace and therefore, the palace has turned out to be a unique place in order to grasp its tastes completely. Unfortunately, since the guilds of the palace cooks did keep their recipes as professional secrets, this magnificent cuisine has lost some of its unique tastes nowadays. After long and professional researches conducted at the palace libraries, through the books and documents written by palace historians and guild of cooks (who had preferred to share their experiences instead of keeping them as secrets) we, Matbah Restaurant, benefited from all these documents and recipes to prepare a selective and unique menu containing of thirty Two outstanding dishes from Matbah-ı Beray-i (Kitchen of Sultan’s Palace) for your exclusive taste.
Dress Code : Smart / Casual
Distance : App. 20 min drive
Address : Ottoman Hotel Impreial, Sultanahmet
Advice : Veal Kebab in Fragrant Herbs


This Istanbul institution was founded in the neighborhood of Fatih in 1950. The Fatih location has since closed, but the restaurant’s loyal following ensured its survival in Nisantasi, with a second branch in Etiler. Istanbullus wax lyrical over the traditional Turkish and Ottoman cooking served here. Hünkar is famous for its begendili kebap and roast lamb. Their warm irmik helvasi (semolina dessert) is the model for all others. The Nisantasi location fills up with local professionals at lunchtime.
Dress Code : Smart / Casual
Distance : App. 10 min drive
Address : Mim Kemal Oke caddesi No : 21 Nısantasi
Advise    : Hunkar Begendi and semolina halvah.


Established in 1876, Hacı Abdullah Lokantası has long been a fixture in Beyoğlu restaurant sceen. Very proud of its history, Hacı Abdullah serves Turkish and Ottoman cuisine, usually featuring 150 varieties daily of hot and cold meze, soups and main dishes. The décor ation at the entrance is pleasant, with large jars of pickled fruits and vegetables lining the walls. However, the large room at the back is a bit more glitzy, verging on tacky.Not surprisingly, the focus with the main dishes is on meats, with a wide range of grilled dishes available, including hünkar begendi (pureed aubergines with lamb) and kuzu tandir (lamb cooked tandoori-style) .Yet vegitarians will never be at a loss for something to eat here, with a wide variety of hot and cold olive oil meze,soups and salads available. The restaurant is also famous for its fruit desserts, specifically its baked quince, served with a side of clotted cream, and fuit compotes like those that line the restaurant shelves.
Dress Code : Casual
Distance : App. 15 min drive
Address : Atıf Yılmaz Cad 9 Taksim.