My Restaurant Guide Part II

It has now been a few months since I posted the first part of my Istanbul Restaurant Guide – seems it is time to follow up with Part II!

Over the last months I have been several times to the area around Bebek. It is situated in the north on the European side of Istanbul right by the Bosphorus. It is one of the wealthiest areas of Istanbul and used to be already popular in Ottoman times. The majority of the old, beautiful wooden Bosphorus houses by the water are still intact. Because of its location right by the Bosphorus, Bebek offers a number of very good fish restaurants. One of the most well-known and established restaurants is Bebek Balıkçı, Cevdet Paşa Caddesi No: 26/A. They have a terrace reaching out into the Bosphorus and one should try and get a table there when one books. It is always very popular, especially on Friday and Saturday evenings. The fish is excellent and one should follow the recommendations of the restaurant as then one gets the freshest and seasonal fish. The choice of starters is delicious and varied. It all comes at a price – but it is worth it.             $$$

The other fish restaurant I have tried is Kuyu Balık, Arnavutköy 1. Caddesi No: 56 .They are located in one of the old wooden houses and not as pricey as Bebek Balıkçı. They offer great cold starters – the wine leaves filled with fish are just amazing!        $$

A very popular place for breakfast on Sunday is Sade Kahve, Yahya Kemal Caddesi No: 36/1 . Here is the in-crowd, the Bebek crowd and everybody who knows of this place and enjoys being by the Bosphorus with a very good Turkish breakfast. One cannot book but even if it is full, one only waits for 10 to 15 min.        $$

Another fish restaurant I went to most recently was Sur Balık, Arnavutköy Caddesi No: 52 in Arnavutköy, . It is again located in one of those beautiful wooden houses. It is smart but not formal, the starters are excellent and the fish delicious. It is a very good alternative to Bebek Balıkçı.       $$$

And if one has enough of fish and wants some meat, kebab, one should go up from Bebek to Etiler to Yüzevler Nispetiye Caddesi No: 70 . It is a proper restaurant where one gets one of the best Turkish kebabs in town. The quality is fantastic – from the starters to the kebabs to the desserts. Very popular and recommendable. It will change people’s opinion about kebabs!      $$

Leaving the European part and crossing over to the Asian part of Istanbul, to Kadiköy, takes us to Çiya, Güneşlibahçe Sokak No: 32/A It had a write-up in The New Yorker last year and stands for no-frills food from different parts of Turkey, dishes that almost seemed to be forgotten. It is located right in the middle of the Asian food market – fresh and delicious. (read more: The starters are charged per weight and the main courses are very good and really reasonably priced.                         $

Crossing back by ferry to Karaköy brings us to Murat, Rıhtım Caddesi No: 41/A . It is one of those traditional Turkish lunch places. The restaurant was opened in 1968 and is one of the Karaköy institutions. The food is Turkish, freshly homemade quality. One chooses from the buffet. Everything is delicious and very reasonably priced.               $

Further down from Murat is a place called Namlı, Rıhtım Caddesi Katotopark Altı 1/1 . It is a foody’s paradise. A gourmet supermarket with an informal restaurant part. One chooses whatever one wants and it will be prepared and served. Everything is fresh and one even has a view of the Golden Horn. It is a very popular place, especially for breakfast and lunch on Sundays. During the week one can just pop in, but on weekends one should book in advance.          $$

Back in Pera, there is a relatively new restaurant. It opened only last year and is called Dai Pera, Yeni Çarşı Caddesi No: 54, . It is a family run restaurant. The daughter does the cooking and is very passionate about food and loves to experiment and give old Turkish recipes a new twist. Their selection of wines is just as good as their food. They really care about the details.    $$

And right next to Galata Tower is the Anemon Hotel, Büyükhendek Caddesi No: 5 On the 7th floor it has a restaurant with a rather spectacular view over the Golden Horn. It is not one of the most exciting places in Istanbul but the view is amazing and worth coming for a drink on the terrace or dinner when in Istanbul for the first time. They have quite a good selection of wines and the food is good too.       $$$

And something a little bit out of the ordinary is the restaurant Asitane in Fatih, the area next to Sultanahment, Kariye Camii Sokak No: 6 . It is known for its fine Ottoman cuisine. The dishes are dating back to the 15th and 16th century: almond soup, rice in quince, chicken with apricots, raisins and saffron rice. All very delicious!      $$$

4 Responses to “My Restaurant Guide Part II”
  1. “It will change people’s opinion about kebabs”.

    I LOVE KEBABS. I hope my opinion never changes on the point.

    Now verrrry hungry.

    Love, Mxxx

  2. shellie Parker says:

    hi Patrick, I am Shellie. A friend gave me your blog details as I come to Istanbul regularly for work. Your restaurant guide is really good – Ive been to quite a few of these restaurants and totally agree with you. Im heading back to Istanbul in April for work and also in May with my mum and sister so im really looking forward to coming over as a tourist. It will be great to actually do some sightseeing as I usually stay near the airport as our office/factories are in that area and I don’t get any time to do any sightseeing.
    Are you still enjoying life there? Are you working or just enjoying life? My husband I have handed in our notices and are heading off to travel for the next year or so as well so its all very exciting.
    Anyway glad you are keeping your blog going its really interesting.

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