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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).

Meri Bakery
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Meri Bakery

Who lives in Emirgan should know Meri Bakery. Meri has opened its second restaurant in Emirgan, and the service starts at 8 am. The venue offers a daily changing menu at noon, and the place is ideal for coffee and breakfast. Meri’s desserts are delicious and you should taste them after the meal. Also on Sundays, workshops that are focusing on watercolor painting techniques, calligraphy, origami art for children and different subjects are held in Meri. Let us also note that Meri is a pet-friendly place and has a peaceful backyard. instagram.com/meri_meribakery

Boél
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Boél

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.

Time Out says
4 out of 5 stars
Rakofoli Karaköy
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Rakofoli Karaköy

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

Time Out says
4 out of 5 stars

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  The story of Istanbul's heritage restaurants, is in a way, the story of Istanbul, a testament to the city’s multicultural heritage and rich history. From provincial immigrants leaving their villages to seek fame and fortune in the city to Russian émigrés fleeing the Revolution who have called Istanbul home, the success stories behind these surviving icons tell extraordinary tales of becoming an Istanbullu. In coming up with this list, we’ve selected restaurants that are at least half a century old and still feel historic, have greatly contributed to Istanbul’s culinary legacy, and have maintained a sense of continuity, most often operating from their original shops serving up family recipes passed down from one generation to the next.    Pandeli  Around the turn of the century, Pandeli, the son of a Greek shepherd from Niğde, moved to Istanbul and started what was to become a legendary culinary career. After working odd jobs as a dishwasher and a barber’s apprentice, Pandeli began selling piyaz (bean and onion salad) and köfte (meatballs) in the vicinity of where he would later open his eponymous restaurant. After half a century of operating eateries across Istanbul, Pandeli opened his current restaurant on the upper floor above the entrance of the Spice Bazaar, a location allocated to him by order of the state after his previous restaurant was looted during the 6-7 September pogrom of 1955.  Hardships have always been part of Pandeli’s saga and the legendary restauran

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Time Out says
4 out of 5 stars
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