The Eater Istanbul Heatmap: Where to Eat Right Now
Sekiz Istanbul [Photo: Facebook]
Today, for the first time, Eater turns to Istanbul, Turkey, and focus on eight newish locales that have been garnering serious buzz. For this installment, food writer, blogger, and dining app editor Katie Parla who has also provided her expertise for the Eater Rome heatmap shares her picks for a city that she knows so well she recently released a new app: Katie Parla's Istanbul.
Among the map's offerings, Parla writes, is a revamped menu that now derives its inspiration from Anatolia rather than Europe (Mikla), a French restaurant in a Philippe Starck-designed space (Mama Shelter), plus "avant-garde Turkish cuisine" from a restaurant that opened just last month (Gile Restaurant). Here now, the Eater Heatmap to Istanbul:
Chef Mehmet Gürs gained acclaim for his Turkish-Finnish dishes in his fine dining restaurant in the Marmara Pera Hotel. From 2005 to 2012, Mikla served food that blended the chef's dual nationalities, but recently, with the help of a cultural historian and consultant, Mikla's menu has been revamped and now draws deeper inspiration from Anatolia than from Europe in a style dubbed the "new Anatolian kitchen." [Photo]
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