Time Out says
The concept is totally different from Feriye's but the service and presentation we’ve come to know and love is the same. The wine menu consists of Turkish wines only and the menu features Ottoman- Turkish cuisine. Karakol is a fine-dining restaurant located in the atrium of the Palace, making it the perfect destination for tourists and locals alike. The walls are decorated with photos of the Palace before the restoration, which if you ask us, has left the historical venue devoid of its original splendor. There are three separate rooms titled Ayasofya, Aya Irini and Topkapı, each one seating 14. You can choose to reserve an entire room for a party or event, otherwise there are tables of 2-4 available. The rooms don’t differ much from each other, besides slightly different photos on the walls. The main room has a capacity of 80 and is most appropriate for family gatherings and other events. The outdoor garden isn’t available right now, but most likely will be in the spring. There will be a café-style venue in the outdoor garden soon where you can get a quick bite. We imagine it’ll also be a nice place to take a short break in between sightseeing.
The prices are a bit above average but are well worth it, due to the flavor, quality and service of the food. There is a set menu for 80 TL and it’s worth mentioning that the chefs make a point of trying to use almost completely natural ingredients. And with the explosion of organic products these days and its subsequent popularity, seems like it was the right move. Even if we aren’t totally impressed with the restoration of the venue, Karakol still manages to fill a void in the Istanbul F&B industry.
From the Menu
Roasted whole eggplant and red pepper (served with double-roasted tahini, yogurt and olive-oil) 16 TL
Celery ‘dolma’ with olive oil, dried fruits and mini artichoke (served with fresh seasonal greens) 26 TL
Kesme hünkar muhallemesi (served with fresh fruit) 11 TL