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Villa Emma
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Villa Emma
5 out of 5 stars

What's it? An elegant restaurant serving international cuisine in Etiler. Why go? For foie gras parfait and comfortable environment. Villa Emma sets its target to be considered among the city's leading quality restaurants. Selected tastes from world cuisine, especially Far Eastern and Mediterranean cuisines, are on the menu of the restaurant. The recipes of Chef Durmuş Gökçe are tremendous. The first moment you taste goose liver parfait (115 TL), served with pear jam, the taste receptors in your tongue send good news to your brain. While preparing the parfait, which you can apply and consume on fried brioche, Rougié branded foie gras imported from France was preferred. Although it contains plenty of butter, it has a flavor that leaves a slight taste in the mouth. Duck gyoza & hoisin sauce (74 TL) is the hot start. The Chinese ravioli gyoza is prepared with rice flour. After being filled with Peking duck mortar, baked for three and a half hours, it is fried in sesame oil. You can enjoy the plum hoisin sauce over it and enjoy it. Smoked forest mushroom quail (85 TL) is served with parmesan soft polenta and orange puree. Villa Emma, ​​which attracts customers from business and community life, is a comfortable restaurant where you can chat with your friends comfortably. The winter garden, which will be opened in the summer, has stunning artworks.

Serafina Kanyon
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Serafina Kanyon
4 out of 5 stars

What's it? The new branch of an Italian restaurant at Kanyon. Why go? To experience Italian cuisine in an elegant ambiance. The Italian restaurant Serafina, the first branch of which opened in 1995, has been spread all over the world ever since. America, Japan, after countries such as Brazil and Israel to Turkey with the Akmerkez branch is now entering the Kanyon's Serafina restaurant. When you enter the interior of the space, the bar and the kitchen lie on your right. The façade facing out is made of glass; An open city view, which is not blocked by the buildings, is almost filled into the dining hall. You can find yourself in a spacious environment even though you are in one of the busiest places in the city with the view that the sky can also be received. In addition, since they cover the column in the middle of the place with the appearance of a tree trunk and add leafy branches on top, you are gathering under the same tree as all customers. A subtle elegance has been captured with the wooden-weighted space design, and a touch that creates a closeness with blue and white checkered tablecloths has been realized. You can find Italian classics on the menu. There are options to appeal to a wide audience, including pork lovers and vegetarians. Pappardelle al salmone (78 TL) from pasta is delicious. This homemade pappardelle accompanied by asparagus with salmon prepared in the form of tartar gives a hint about the kitchen of the place. The plates are prepared with confidence

Gasto Street & Local Food
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Gasto Street & Local Food
3 out of 5 stars

What's it? Local street food serving restaurant. Why go? For Thracian ravioli. A new restaurant was opened in Nişantaşı, and it combines the two trends of the gastronomic world. Gasto Street & Local Food, founded by Chef Emircan Canatar, focuses on both local food and street food. In the menu, you can find dishes identified with different cities of Anatolia together under the name of artisans. You can take your palate on a trip with Ispir beans (27 TL) served with fresh herb tzatziki or Bosnian meatballs (38 TL) served with Antalya market. It is better to finish Thracian ravioli (34 TL) slowly because of its taste. Green onion oil suits the open ravioli, which also appeals to the eyes with its star shape. You will find both the indispensable flavors of our food culture and the options that have become popular recently. The cheese flowing between the veal ribs and toasted cheese toast (37 TL) has an appetizing appearance. Migration and mohair on bread (32 TL) is another difficult option to resist. It is possible to taste new presentations of traditional national foods by ordering kokoreç (35 TL) and taco tantuni (36 TL) on the sheet. Those who eat lightly can choose a quinoa salad with Ezine cheese (37 TL). We recommend you to make a reservation before going to the place.

L’Entrecôte de Paris
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L’Entrecôte de Paris
3 out of 5 stars

What's it? A French restaurant. Why go? For its cute environment. Serafina's sister venue L'Entrecôte de Paris is located right next to this restaurant. The place, which was opened with the partnership of Metin Şen, Gökay Deniz and Murat Özgel, is ideal for those who want to take a short break in France for business. The most striking feature of L’Entrecôte is the short lunch menu. There is no way you can go into indecision because the L'Entrecôte menu (125 TL) is your main option. It includes lettuce, lollo rosso, salad with walnuts and white sauce, and L'Entrecôte de Paris. The ribeye steak cut into thin strips accompanied by a delicious looking sauce, together with french fries, which tempt everyone, swell appetite. Candles that located under the tray help maintain the temperature of the food. Onion soup (28 TL), a French classic, has also taken its place on the menu. We have a tiny warning for vegetarians alone. When interpreting the recipe, chicken broth was used, to tell us. If you want to enjoy cheese like the French after the meal, you can order a cheese plate (90 TL). Let's leave the ones who say “I will make the final with dessert” with the homemade crème brûlée (47 TL). In this cozy French restaurant where the fire of red reigns, we love the patterns of the floor coverings and the curtains that give the atmosphere a cute home feeling. The melodies in the background will take you to Paris.

Lokanta Mimi
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Lokanta Mimi
3 out of 5 stars

What's it? It is a modern place that keeps the tradesman spirit alive. Why go? For healthy food in a comfortable environment. Restaurant Mimi gets its name from "Hacımimi" District where it is located. This cute place plays a role in the mobilization of Karaköy's gastronomy scene, which will attract attention with the opening of Galataport. Their founding partners Ferhat Uzun and Dilruba Aybaş were trained at MSA and it was always in their mind to open their own places. After they both experienced in different jobs, they realized their dreams with Lokanta Mimi. Their friendly proximity is reflected in their space. As one passes by, he can recognize the warm atmosphere inside. When you enter, you realize that you are in a structure where you can feel the history of Karaköy. For example, when you raise your head, you notice that the original ceiling ornaments are preserved. Wooden tables and brick walls of oak make a calming effect. If you care about eating healthy meals, this is a place for you. You can choose the dishes prepared in the oven as one type (8 TL), three types (20 TL) or four types (26 TL). You can order dishes that focus on vegetables such as carrots, crispy Jerusalem artichoke, potato salad, and the ones that change daily. Many options such as vegan embers imambayıldı (22 TL) will make vegan and vegetarian diets happy. The planetary vaccine (24 TL) is a sour meatball review that they feature. Our favorites were soups. Jerusalem artichoke soup (14 TL) and blac

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.

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They are Uttered and Unfinished, All the Loves in the World

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Altın Gün

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Bedouin

This event takes place at the night club Module in Ayazağa with the signature of the Suma Han team. The star of the night is the Bedouin duo. Bedouin is a...

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Bauhaus Imaginista: Moving Away. Istanbul

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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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39 unmissable things to do in Istanbul
Things to do 39 unmissable things to do in Istanbul

November 2019: The glorious Istanbul continues to fascinate visitors and locals alike with its vibrancy and great variety. May it be in arts & culture, eating & drinking, shopping or sports there is always something new in Istanbul for everyone and every taste. A new must-see addition for art lovers is Arter that moved to its new and much bigger home and is currently showing 7 exhibitions simultaneously. For food lovers the return of a legendary Istanbul classic, Pandeli has entered our list, and for football fans there is the highly anticipated UEFA Champions League Final 2020 that will take place at The Atatürk Olympic Stadium on May 30, 2020.     We invite you to discover Istanbul with our list of the best things to do on both the European and Asian sides of the city, including our pick of the must-see attractions and museums in the historical peninsula. As well Istanbul’s most important landmarks such as the Hagia Sophia and the Blue Mosque, we've included plenty of activities off the tourist trail, giving you the low-down on digging for antiques in hip Bomonti or watching an opera in Kadıköy, which we have named one of the coolest neighbourhoods in the world. From tasting the forgotten delights of Anatolian cuisine to getting a deluxe scrub inside a historic hamam, here's what not to miss in Istanbul. Done something on this list and loved it? Share it with the hashtag #TimeOutDoList and tag @TimeOutEverywhere. You can also find out more about how Time Out selects the

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The EAT List
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Bomonti-Kurtuluş guide
Things to do Bomonti-Kurtuluş guide

The sleepy neighbourhoods of Bomonti and Kurtuluş have seen a steady wave of interest over the past couple of years, in particular due to the unveiling of the Bomontiada complex inside the old and long-abandoned Bomonti beer factory, which brought large crowds to the area and prompted a flurry of new openings. While many of these hip cafés and modern eateries are worth a visit, Kurtuluş has lots of old-school favorites that are mostly unknown outside of the area. Once home to a large number of Armenians and Greeks, most of whom have emigrated in recent years, Kurtuluş has a rich cosmopolitan heritage and is home to a popular open-air marketplace which hosts the Feriköy Flea Market and Organic Bazaar every weekend.

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