The local food and drink scene had been looking forward to the new Karaköy venue by longtime Lucca manager Turgay Yıldız for quite sometime. Its opening was signaled as early as last summer, but Yıldız and his team kept us waiting a little while longer. It all seems to have paid off, though, as the crowd spilling out of Mitte Karaköy at the opening party in October was both an indicator of the venue’s success and very much reminiscent of Saturday nights at Lucca. With a spacious interior and inviting bar, Mitte looks poised to become the city’s new meeting point.
What makes Mitte a hit with the Bebek-Nişantaşı-Etiler crowd visiting Karaköy is the fact that it is a more avant-garde restaurant than the majority of those in the ’hood. The eatery’s “wise cuisine” motto is reflected in the menu, which offers a star appetizer like the octopus on a bed of celery puree as well as a perfectly juicy and flavorful beef tenderloin that should be taught as a lesson in cooking schools. Likewise, when it comes to cocktails, there are few places in the city that can hold a candle to Mitte.
We also recommend checking out Mitte’s special parties, held in the private event section accessible from the venue’s back door. All you need to enter is a password sent to your phone by the Mitte team.
|Venue name:||Mitte Karaköy|
Baş Cerrah Sokak 1
|Opening hours:||Weekdays 10.00-02.00; weekends 10.00-03.00.|