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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

Sual
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Sual

What's it? A restaurant that serves Turkish cuisine. Why go? For local dishes that make you feel at home. Obviously the neighborhood of Reşitpaşa is now becoming synonymous with gastronomy. Your last excuse to com here is Sual. Suna Aydın, from Masterchef Turkey, is the owner of the restaurant and she is the most important factor in the popularity of the restaurant. In the venue, a new generation of Turkish cuisine and breakfast from different regions of Anatolia is being served. Some recipes are applied while remaining true to their originals, while others are being modernized. Presentations are natural as if you are eating your mother's meal. We recommend you to try the leek (12 TL), tandoori meat with red beans (36 TL).

Boél
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Boél
4 out of 5 stars

What's it? An elegant restaurant serving Italian and French cuisine.Why should go? For Chef Ayhan Kara's great food. Boél is a new Nişantaşı restaurant that opened at the location of L’Orient. Sarah Malouh and Taner Akkuş set up the upper floor with a fine dining concept, while the lower floor welcomes customers all day long. The most important feature of the place is its marvelous chef. Ayhan Kara, who we admire, is the secret to the success of today's important venues. His experience at Bronze Restaurant which serves French cuisine in Maçka and Paper Moon, the famous Italian restaurant in Etiler, has mastered the cuisine of the two countries. Boél’s kitchen is also entrusted to his skillful hands. Kara's mastery is evident from the use of spices. Instead of changing the taste of food, it reveals their tastes and deepens their tastes.

Gram Istanbul Airport
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Gram Istanbul Airport

Didem Şenol’s Gram at the Istanbul Airport has just made life a lot easier for those of us who struggle to stay healthy on the go. Located at the airports international flights terminal, Gram maintains a healthy, simple and delicious menu by refraining from using additives like margarine, preservatives, glucose syrup and stabilisers while creating their recipes. Their granola and yoghurt bowl, steak skewers, roasted vegetable salad, date pana cotta and flourless chocolate almond cake are among our top picks.  www.bta.com.tr

Rakofoli Karaköy
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Rakofoli Karaköy
4 out of 5 stars

What is it? A fireside restaurant in Karaköy Why go? For its incredible views and delicious kebabs. Rakofoli is on the Karaköy foot of Galata bridge near Perşembe market. Even before arriving at the restaurant the surronding area fills you with inspiration. Through its old hardware stores, fish mongers, boutique hotels and art institutions the visitor can trace Istanbul’s history as well as observe its comtemporary face. Rakofoli is also a testament to this duality. It is placed in an old Greek building and makes use of its entire 4 floors. With views over the Galata Bridge and the ancient peninsula Rakofoli’s most beautiful spot is its terrace. From the terrace it feels like as if there is no distance between you and Istanbul’s most glorious landmarks illuminated at night. The restaurateur Fuat Danışment brings 25 years of experience to his venue. He has a quiet charm which is also reflected in Rakofoli. This is a warm and carefree athmosphere where old meyhane songs play politely in the background. The clientele is varied. Young groups, couples enjoying a second spring and tourists in search of Istanbul’s best views. Everyone would feel at home here. Meyhane classics such as köpoğlu (an aubergine meze, 16 TL) and haydari (strained yoghurt with garlic, 16 TL) are well tasty as are the small lahmacuns (9 TL). We particularly enjoyed the ‘zırh kebabı’ as a main course (47 TL). If you plan to visit Rakofoli for lunch make sure you try their minced meat (38 TL) or cheese pides

Emily's Garden
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Emily's Garden
4 out of 5 stars

What is it? An enchanting garden-restaurant. Why go? To have some excellent food surrounded by the most romantic setting.  Emily’s Garden replaces a great Cihangir favorite White Mill that has moved to Akaretler. It has naturally also inherited its much loved garden. Judging from the outside one could easily be fooled to think this a minimalist cafe. However nothing can be further from the truth. Once we ascended the stairs leading into the space a comfortable space with a long bar and tables alongside it welcomed us. The real pleasure is to be found if you venture out a little further and follow the stairs down to the back to the enchanted garden. The place comes alive particularly at night with the glow of lights that hang from the trees. The venue is managed by Oğulcan Engin. The fact that this is a considerate establishment that prefers a no music policy so as not to disturb the neighbours was much enjoyed by us as it enabled us conversate with ease. A rare treat these days. As a main course filetto porcini di manzo (75 TL) was a very satisfying plate. 220 gram veal tenderloin is accompanied by mashed potatos with truffle oil and grilled vegetables. Amongst the pastas casa nostra (58 TL) was our favourite. With its tranquil athmosphere this is an ideal venue for closing a busy day. It is equally charming for breakfast and brunch.

Sarnıç Fine Dining Restaurant
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Sarnıç Fine Dining Restaurant
4 out of 5 stars

What is it? A chic restaurant that dwells inside a historic water cistern. Why go? To dine in an unforgettable setting. Head over to the Historical Peninsula’s Soğukçeşme Sokak for a dining experience unlike any other. Situated inside a 1500 year-old cistern, Sarnıç Fine Dining Restaurant is a bucket-list worthy spot for tourists and city-residents alike. This historic structure of a restaurant, with its giant columns and mesmerizing domed ceiling, provides an extraordinary ambience. As for the food, the restaurants Ottoman inspired menu is an absolute treat. We reccomend ‘The love story of Hero and Leander’ (40 TL), a traditional vegetable patty dish with a kinoa twist, topped with walnut stuffed meatballs and tsatsiki. Go for the ‘Magnificent salmon trio’(68 TL) for a plate of smoked salmon, salmon tartar and a fillet of teriyaki. As a main course, we suggest ‘the Venetian in the harem’ (140 TL), a truffle-oil infused beef medallion dish served with oyster mushrooms and goat’s cheese. You’ll also get the chance to listen to some live music while enjoying your food at this unique restaurant.

Bey Lokantası
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Bey Lokantası

OLIGARK is a new food/drink and entertainment complex housing eight restaurants and a night club in Kuruçeşme, where elegantly-dressed customers step out of expensive cars and hand the keys off to the valet before making a lofty entry. Bey Lokantası is among the first establishments to open in the complex, which sits side by side with the Bosphorus. The interior of the restaurant, which can seat 200 people when the terrace is open, is classic, sophisticated and sparkling. The antique, framed oriental paintings on the walls, the paneling made from wood and bold fabrics and the enticing smells that reach the nose while wandering amid the tables are part of a luxurious design prioritizing comfort and the senses. The open kitchen is managed by Umut Karakuş, who was awarded Best Chef at the 17th Time Out Istanbul Food & Drink Awards. The menu reflects Karakuş’s experience and career, who began as a trainee at Le Cordon Bleu before becoming the chef of important establishments including Duble Meze Bar and Fairmont Quasar Aila. While the menu features dishes that represent all the regions of Turkey, its interpretations of local and traditional recipes bear the modern image of fine dining. Among the chef’s signature dishes are cold star ters such as pastırma turşusu (pickled pastrami, 80 TL) and the Armenian eggplant-based meze, nazuktan (55 TL). The main dishes also include abdigor köftesi (90 TL), a speciality of the province of Doğubayazıt. The meatballs are served with a sauce d

Sam Kitchen and Bar
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Sam Kitchen and Bar

Sam Kitchen and Bar at Nişantaşı first caught our attention with their recipes prepared with seasonal ingredients. Absolute must haves from Sam’s autumnal specialties include chicken wings served with spicy mulberry molasses and blue cheese; pizzette with labneh cheese, oven baked tomatoes, smoked aubergine with basil and roasted corn with aioli sauce. www.instagram.com/samkitchenandbar

Suppla Broth Co.
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Suppla Broth Co.
4 out of 5 stars

What is it? A bone broth joint in Kalamış. Why go? To experience healing with their light recipes. Upon discovering the healing effects of bone broth through adopting an Ayurvedic diet, Simge Uzkurt Bodur decided to pass on her findings in the form of Suppla Broth Co. Run by Simge and her husband Alper Bodur in Fenerbahçe, the concept behind this bone broth joint is the only one of its kind in the country. Producing their broth in-house, the couple are careful to only use the bones of animals who have never been exposed to antibiotics. Their recipes are fun, interesting, and pleasantly slurpable. Containing collagen, amino acids, minerals, glucosamine, vitamins and healthy fats, Bone Broth can help tend to a number of bodily issues. Kickstart your healing process with one of their artisinal bone broth drinks. Served hot, Hızlan (16 TL) takes its name from the metabolism-boosting properties of turmeric. For those of you who would prefer a cold one instead, order Terapi (25) for refreshing hints of coconut milk, mulberry molasses and cocoa. As for the mains, we highly reccomend Gazpacho soup (24 TL) that comes with a bone marrow broth.

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