Istanbul, the melting pot for European and Middle Eastern cultures, is a city of mystery. It is teeming with ancient history and tales of an exotic past: head to Sisli and you will find dozens of exciting restaurants offering modern takes on traditional Turkish cuisine. Here are 10 of the best.
Surrounded by retail, Nisantasi Kosebasi is an ideal pit stop to try some high standard, local Turkish food. Mezze are small dishes served with alcohol, enjoyed before mains such as traditional Turkish kebaps and pita. The beautifully-seasoned lamb melts in your mouth, deliciously complimented by soft bread and tangy sauces. A good selection of wine together with a relaxing environment makes this a perfect place for chilling with friends or even for special occasions.
Address: Bronz Sok. No:5 Maçka Nişantaşı, Şişli -Istanbul +90 212-230-3868
Van Kahvalti Evi is a popular brunch place. It offers a wide range of breakfast menus from menemen, (a traditional Turkish dish with eggs, onion and tomato) to gözleme (a Turkish style pastry made of flatbread). Wash these delicacies down with a cup of çay (Turkish tea) or Türk Kahvesi (Turkish Coffee).
Address: Kılıçali Paşa Mh., Defterdar Ykş. No:52, Turkey +90 212-293-6437
Aşşk Kahve provides comprehensive menus for breakfast and bunch. Specializing in coffee, it is situated in a perfect location (along the coast of Kurucesme) where diners can start their day with Turkish breakfast and a magnificent sea view in the green garden. It attracts a lot of people not only for breakfast but also for lunch and dinners. While it offers local food, international menus and organic food are the best choices at Aşşk Kahve.
Address: Kuruçeşme Mh., Muallim Naci Caddesi No:64,Turkey +90 212-265-4734
Adana Ocakbasi is highly rated for its delicious Adana kebabs. While it has a wide range of meats for you to choose from, Adana beef kebab is recommended. This kebab is named Adana after the fifth largest city in Turkey and, unlike the Doner kebab, is made from minced rather than sliced lamb.
Address: Bozkurt Mh., 34375 İstanbul, Turkey +90 212-247-143
Love desserts? Want to indulge your sweet tooth the Turkish way? Then this is the place for you! Try some of the traditional and very sweet desserts at Goreme Muhallebicisi, such as muhallebi (a blancmange-like, creamy dessert) or Damla Sakızlı Sütlaç (rice pudding made with gum mastic).
Address: Kurtuluş Cd. No:60 Şişli-İstanbul +90 212-246-5367