Istanbul Memorable Meals: Dining Like a Sultan or Dining with a View
TIM LEFFEL / Sports Features Communications
Suada Club is located on a floating island in the middle of the Bosphorus / Suada Club
(SFC) Turkey has one of the world's most interesting and beguiling cuisines. Built layer upon layer over the centuries like a well-made tray of baklava, the Ottoman empires historic reach shows up in the dishes that grace Istanbuls tables.
While most meals in this city are a treat, there are two ways to be assured of a memorable experience. Dine at a top restaurant with a view or dine at one that specialized in Ottoman palace cuisine. Or at the first choice on this list, both!
Tu?ra Restaurant at Ciragan Palace Kempinski
This fine dining restaurant at the palace hotel on the Bosphorus attracts an interesting mix of business power diners, celebrating families, and hand-holding couples in designer wear. It looks out on ships passing by, the opera house on the Asian side, and the bridge spanning Europe and Asia. Most recipes are drawn from the kitchens of the Ottoman sultans. Rich main dishes include Külbast? grilled lamb served on a smoked eggplant puree with pomegranate with red onion relish. Six desserts are inspired by what has been passed down since the 1500s.
Matbah Ottoman Palace Cuisine
Although this Sultanhamet restaurant is next to Aya Sofia, the main attraction is not the view. It's the 27 dishes faithfully prepared and explained to match those served in nearby Topkapi Palace, based on research into historical documents. Try neck of lamb stew with apricot, damson and spices (1400s); quince stuffed with minced meat (1500s); or vine leaves stuffed with a blend of sour cherries, rice, onions, and pine nuts (1800s).
Mikla Restaurant in the Marmara Pera Hotel
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