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Turk Fatih Tutak
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Turk Fatih Tutak
5 out of 5 stars

What's it? A Turkish cuisine restaurant in Bomonti. Why go? To meet Fatih Tutak's kitchen. As in every sector, different leagues are formed in gastronomy. Turk which is an upper segment venue for those who expect more than food was opened in Bomonti by Chef Fatih Tutak. Going to dinner here means experiencing an elaborate experience, ranging from the quality of the menu you touch to the choice of music you hear. You can read the character of chef Fatih Tutak who also gives his name to his restaurant. The restaurant is dominated by light wood and the passion for diligence, discipline and quality. Tutak had an immersive career before opening an ambitious restaurant in Istanbul. Thanks to his work in qualified spaces in Asia, he specializes in the techniques and material use of this geographical cuisine. The House on Sathorn in Bangkok, of which he is the chef, has even made Asia's 50 Best Restaurants. When he listened to his inner voice, he realized his own identity and the need to keep the land of his birth alive in his kitchen. After that, he rolled up his sleeves and traveled throughout the country to serve Turkish gastronomy. He buys his ingredients from the manufacturers he meets in this adventure; mushroom from Kastamonu and Thrace, corn flour from Giresun, cheese from Antakya, Kars and many cities. A master of Tarsus prepares his knives. In other words, Turk Fatih Tutak is living all over the country. 1,750 people applied to take part in the restaurant team. Besides th

Salon Galata
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Salon Galata
4 out of 5 stars

What's it? An elegant restaurant on the Bankalar Street. Why go? To try the unique tastes of Turkish Cuisine in its unique atmosphere. The hall is located at the entrance of Bozkurt Han, a historical building in Galata Karaköy. This area, which was operated as a brewery at the end of the 19th century, hosted many banks afterward. After being used as a pharmacy, Murat Kartoğlu and his brother İhsan Kartoğlu, who once also worked as a manager of Ara Café, turned this place into a wonderful restaurant. Remains of old houses dismantled in the Black Sea; used in tables, doors and place decorations. The use of wood adds a warm feeling to the nobility from the past of the space. You can see the old version of the street you are on. Lamps dangling from high ceilings also enhance the ambiance. Salon Galata is the right address for any time of day. At noon, you can drink their coffee from Old Java, watching the passers-by in the street-facing seating. In the evening the world of art and cinema heavyweights and tourists from each country are here. The smoked salmon in the quinoa smoked salmon salad (44 TL) was very tasty and the parmesan was good for fresh greens. One of the signature dishes in the restaurant where fish comes daily is sea bass stew (57 TL). Sea bass fillets come in a vegetable dish with dried beans and leeks, which are delicious juices, and the taste is not enough. They are also assertive with their own pasta. You should definitely finish your meal with the chef's de

Rulez Tesvikiye
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Rulez Tesvikiye
4 out of 5 stars

What's it? A restaurant that you can choose for every meal of the day. Why go? For the original interpretation of Turkish cuisine. As you walk down Ahmet Fetgari Street, a calmness begins around you when you pass the dense part where the spaces are arranged side by side. Rulez is located on this quiet side of the street and gives you peace of mind the moment you enter. This is a cozy atmosphere that makes you feel like you are in a tastefully furnished lounge of a house. It makes it a small place and makes its customers feel like they are family. Pelin Dinçer Met and Necla Tepekule's young chef Mehmet Şahin is responsible for the kitchen. Her high school education, which started with high school tourism and hotel management and continued with cooking at university, took her to study gastronomy at Gaziantep University. Sahin has also made it a priority to learn and promote Turkish food culture due to the dedication of the people in this city to protect their own food culture. She thinks like an artist while preparing her recipes and designs her food as a reaction to rising trends. Choose the scrambled egg with ribs (40 TL) for breakfast. The idea may sound heavy, but the rib meat, which is cooked for 96 hours, is tender and mild in flavor. Their own cumin bread, coupled with bitter oil, the rest of your bite will come quickly. The mussels (60 TL), served with spinach and couscous, will suggest that the food has a character. Chef has a mysterious recipe that will make you wo

Tiny Bean
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Tiny Bean
4 out of 5 stars

What's it? A place for breakfast in Besiktas. Why go? To try the English and Dutch breakfasts. Besiktas' famous streets for breakfast now has a new inhabitant. Tiny Bean is a small, sympathetic establishment that offers a range of English and Dutch breakfast options. Umut Akand, the owner and operator, educated himself in cinema and has worked in his own sector for a while, but laster moved away from his field. During his two years as a bartender in London, he gained experience in different aspects of space design and management. When he returned to Turkey, he wanted to open his own place. His family helps customers to provide quality and healthy ingredients. For example, his mother bought forty chickens and placed them at his uncle's farm. They receive their butter from a woman in Mürefte and support local production. If you prefer Dutch breakfast (36 TL) your ingredients come on pancakes. Red, green and yellow peppers, sugar potatoes, eye eggs… English breakfast (38 TL) with a delicious sauce prepared with pink tomatoes from Çanakkale. The use of rosemary, which gives the flavor of chestnut mushroom, has also won the admiration of its customers. You can choose pork or beef products for both breakfast alternatives. Turkish breakfast (35 TL) has menemen, cheese and olives, as well as the must-have surprises such as wrapping. If you don't have time to sit down and have breakfast early in the morning, we recommend grabbing baguette sandwiches. Cenk Çikla, who works at the ve

The Upper Crust
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The Upper Crust
4 out of 5 stars

What's it? The new branch of the famous pizza chain Why go? For offering over 40 delicious pizzas.  Pizza is a flavor we will never get bored of. If you are fond of this taste, you should already be already familiar with The Upper Crust. This gourmet pizza chain spread in and around Boston has been in Istanbul since 2009. There are over 40 kinds of pizzas to satisfy everyone on their menu; You can order 25, 37 or 47 cm. Wholemeal or buckwheat dough made from gluten-free and you can lighten your meal. In addition, thanks to the selection of cheese The Upper Crust’s pizzas flirt with the healthy food category. For example, when you order garden pesto (65 TL, 37 cm), the cheese on the thin pizza dough has plenty of protein and low fat. The artichoke heart pieces in this pizza covered with pesto sauce are soft and scattered in the mouth. The Upper Crust has plenty of salads; Fit salad with prunes and walnuts (29 TL) with hearts relaxed. An advantage of the new Upper Crust branch in Maslak is its varied and affordable menus. With Upper Menu 2 (29.50 TL) you can get two slices of pizza along with olive oil of the day and salad of the day. The place attracts customers with different types of nutrition with vegetarian and vegan options, as well as addressing different age groups. They are interested in pizza-making workshops for children.

Tusa & Co.
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Tusa & Co.
4 out of 5 stars

What's it? A restaurant that raises the bar for burgers. Why go? To try the Flintstone burger. Tusa & Co. has opened in Caddebostan and they have adopted the principle of presenting different gastronomic cultures of the world. They see food as a common element of all kinds of social interaction, so they have designed the place with an understanding that will celebrate the unity of people. For example, they have established proximity between customers by placing the tables close to each other on the outside. In addition, they formed their own identities by interpreting and blending current food and beverage trends. Korhan Gülsoy, the executive chef of the Mini Eatery in Kadıköy, also heads the kitchen here. They chose Caddebostan because they could find the audience they wanted to address in here.  The star of the menu is the flintstone burger (59 TL) which they make with the bread they prepare in their own workshop in Kadıköy. The ribs cooked for six hours on a heavy fire are placed with the bone between the hamburger bread. Chili cheese & fries (29.50 TL) is another highlight of the menu. Lay the fried cheese on the French fries in a tandoori! An exquisite flavor. With Japanese-style fried cauliflower tempura (29 TL), you discover a creative way to consume this familiar vegetable.

Un Po
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Un Po

What's it? The new favorite of Italian cuisine enthusiasts. Why go? For Italian delicacies that remain true to the original. Originally a mechanical engineer, Zülfikar Bekar is one of the names behind Italian cuisine, such as Ristorante Italia di Massimo Bottura and Eataly. Now he is welcoming his guests at Un Pó in Karaköy with chef Piero Bergese. The place is inspired by the concept of a trattoria in Italy. This name, which derives from the word trattore, used to be used for modest places where tractors, farmers and workers eat. Over time, it was used to describe small-scale restaurants that created an intimate atmosphere. Un Pó is a place that gives this feeling of intimacy with its handmade ceramics adorning the walls and modern wooden chairs. While the pizzas are being prepared, the dough is first given to the oven and the ingredients are added after the dough has been cooked slightly. The quattro formaggi (42 TL), which uses Divle pork cheese, curd, mozzarella and gravy of Kars, is delicious. Their pastas are delicious. Ravioli del plin vitello piemonte (49 TL) while eating the chef's mastery is understood. The surface of the ravioli, prepared with veal and vegetable mortar, has a pleasant slippery effect on your tongue and palate. Arancini (20TL) is Sicilian street food. The crispy exterior resembles the stuffed meatballs; the inside is prepared with rice and peas.

Bro's Burger Kitchen
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Bro's Burger Kitchen
4 out of 5 stars

What's it? A Belgium-based chain of burgers. Why go? For its special recipe for burger bread. Bro’s Burger Kitchen is a burger restaurant that imports its recipes from Belgium. The exterior side is in demand but we need to tell you about the comfort of the seats inside. Stress leaves your body when you settle on the brown leather seats in this section, where neon light decorations are placed on the walls. The lighting is strong and the atmosphere is energetic. Burger breads remind you of the donuts in European bakeries. You can order their burgers which are especially distinguished by their bread variety, as 100 grams or 160 grams. We made a classic choice and tasted Le Bro’s Burger (100 grams, 31.50 TL) which is named after the place. Prepared with basic ingredients such as cheddar cheese, caramelized onions and curls, the burger is accompanied by Bro’s sauce and tastes delicious. The place likes to use truffle in its products. There are also truffle mayonnaise burgers L’olkarny (100 grams, 35,50 TL) and truffle fat potatoes (17 TL), as well as truffle mushroom potatoes (300 TL) for those who do not hesitate to open the pouch. When you go as a group of friends, you can order snacks like mozzarella sticks (12 TL) and onion rings (12 TL). Homemade cold teas such as ice tea green (17 TL) will cool you. San Sebastián (17 TL) is the inevitable final of your meal. Bro’s Burger Kitchen also has a branch in Maslak.

Nişantaşı 22
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Nişantaşı 22
3 out of 5 stars

What's it? A restaurant with a club on the top floor. Why go? To enjoy the atmosphere on the outside. Nişantaşı is one of the districts where food and beverage addresses are the most varied and fastest-changing. It is located on one of the busiest streets of the neighborhood, Abdi İpekçi. Since there are hotels around, there is heavy tourist traffic here. In order to appeal to the customers from a wide range, the diversity on the menu has been given importance. You can find salads, starters, pizza, pasta, and main courses. Tempura plate (50 TL) served with shrimp, toasted zucchini and spicy mayonnaise. They used the cheddar cheese generously in the rib pizza (55 TL) and the roasted peppers were worthy of the rib meat. If you prefer good chicken (60 TL), your chicken is accompanied by risoni with basil and artichoke sauce. Those who prefer the place for lunch and dinner, as well as those who want to drink coffee while chatting with friends, may also prefer. Americano (16 TL) disappointed us a bit, we hope to review their coffee bean preferences to give you the right price. The surprise of Nişantaşı 22 is Studio 54 which is located on the upper floor and starts to serve after 12 every night. Serkan Koca takes his club name from his quota and welcomes those who do not like to go to bed early in a friendly atmosphere.

Loco De Pera
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Loco De Pera

Loco de Pera has renewed its menu with chef Aryen Mede. Fried Camembert, salmon paleo cake, minced ravioli starters, falafel and hummus are the new ones. Fresh pasta and main course options are also delicious. Loco de Pera Burger, veal ribs, steamed lagos, dry-aged veal chops will delight your appetite. Margherita and lamb cotto pizzas are one of our favorite ones. www.locodepera.com

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MISS PIZZA "We eat it at least twice a week." @drkksy, via Twitter PIZANO PIZZERIA "Pizano Pizzeria is my all-time favorite - highly recommended!" @mertozkaner, via Twitter THE UPPER CRUST PIZZERIA "Obviously, Upper Crust." @emrekiramer, via Instagram PIZZERIA PIDOS "Unlike many over-promoted pizza joints around town, Pizzeria Pidos does its own thing, and does it well. This is the only place in the city where we eat pizza. Their delicious profiteroles also shouldn't be missed." @karafakiden, via Instagram VAGABONDO'S "The more ı eat, the more ı want to eat... And just when ı think ı'm going for another bite." @elifyirmibesoglu, via Instagram

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