Taking its name from one of Istanbul’s former monikers, Deraliye is run by Necati Yılmaz, who opened up his own eatery in Sultanahmet after a 15-year stint in various Ottoman-themed restaurants. Deraliye serves food fit for a sultan, and we mean this quite literally, since its menu is comprised of recipes derived from historical sources dating back 500 years. One of our favourite items on the menu is the sultan sarma bonfile, tenderized cuts of steak served with thinly sliced pastrami and spinach borani. For the grand finale, any one of Deraliye's selection of Ottoman desserts will go nicely. If you're after somthing light, we recommend trying the helatiye, mastic-flavoured rice pudding served in a sherbet of lemon juice and rose water topped with almonds, raisins and seasonal fruits.
Deraliye Divanyolu Caddesi, Ticarethane Sokak 10, Sultanahmet./ deraliyerestaurant.com.
|Opening hours:||Daily 11:00-02:00.|