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Cooking Alaturka

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Address: Akbiyik Caddesi 72A | Sultanahmet, Istanbul, Turkey
Phone Number: 902124585919
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Cooking Alaturka offers daily Turkish cooking classes, either from...

Cooking Alaturka offers daily Turkish cooking classes, either from 10:30 to 14:30 or from 16:30 to 20:30, to groups ranging from 2 to 11 persons. You cook five authentic Turkish dishes together with other travellers, under supervision of Rocco and his Turkish chef. Our classes are hands-on and fun, as well as informative. They are suitable for both professional chefs and kitchen novices. Afterwards, enjoy your cooking efforts over lunch or dinner with some local wine. We also function as a regular lunch and dinner restaurant, offering a daily-changing four-course menu. Reservations are recommended due to limited space.

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We thoroughly enjoyed our evening at 'Cooking Alaturka', from being welcomed, the menu explained in detail to us to, then the preparation and finally, enjoying the end product... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We thoroughly enjoyed our evening at 'Cooking Alaturka', from being welcomed, the menu explained in detail to us to, then the preparation and finally, enjoying the end product. Rocco and his team explained every step, showed us how things needed to be done eg chopping and slicing etc. The kitchen was spotless and worked efficiently, even with extra participants. Our... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

In the heart of Sultanahmet, near the Blue Mosque, Cooking Alaturka is a little gem of a cooking school (and restaurant). I made my reservation in advance, requested a specific menu from the list (and that's exactly what we prepared), and spent 4 hours preparing and then eating some of my favorite Turkish delicacies (Imam Bayaldi, Dolmas, zucchini patties, lentil... More 

Thank Anita E
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015

We decided to have lunch after check-in at the Empress Zoe hotel. The concierge had recommended Cooking Alaturka, a cooking school, just down the street. We arrived at 12:30 and found 8 students just completing the class. We were given a table for two and told our menu would consist of dishes just prepared by the class. This was classic... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2015

definetly recommend this great 4 hr class. the hands on class was fun, the food amazing and Rocco and the chefs know their stuff! thanks to this class, we will remember Istanbul whenever we cook the great recipes. don't pass up a chance to do this. Location is close to the Blue Mosque.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2015

The highlight of my trip to Istanbul was the cooking class at Alaturka with Chef Rocco and his amazing team. I usually take classes in every major city I visit, but this one stands apart for several reasons. Chef Rocco is a very hands on person who demonstrates and then supervises your understanding of the techniques, recipe process and also... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2015

A very friendly team who explained things well. There were 4 in our group which helped a lot. This is a really good starting point for a trip as Rocco and his team are eager to explain local dishes and ingredients. We thought it was really good value. It feels great to sit down and eat what you have helped... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2015

A great way to spend a few hours in Istanbul if you enjoy food. The lesson was hands on and informative. Rocco and his staff are friendly, funny and helpful. I couldn't believe that we managed to create such amazing food in such a short space of time. The meal at the end is great and it's a good way... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2015

We loved cooking Alaturka! Rocco and his staff were fantastic, funny, and a pleasure to cook with. We prepared several different meals, and even though we were unfamiliar with the food prep techniques, Rocco and his staff helped every step of the way. They also kept the class small (eight people), and had people rotate through different cooking activities. The... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2015

While visiting Istanbul with three friends, we stumbled across Cooking Alaturka in the Rick Steves guide. We signed up on a lark and had a fantastic experience. I understand that the place has recently changed hands, so rest assured that the quality of the experience is still as high as previous reviews. We prepared a five course meal that it... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015

A really fun and informative morning learning how to make a variety of well known and lesser known meze dishes. I'm really looking forward to making them at home! Thanks to everyone at Alaturka for a fantastic experience :-)

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With so many unmissable attractions within a mere stroll of each other – and all set around the site of an ancient Byzantine hippodrome – Sultanahmet is an overwhelmingly popular tourist destination, and a prime location for visitors to be wowed on a truly epic scale. Beyond the wonders of the Blue Mosque, the Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, and more, this relatively small area of Istanbul somehow manages to retain an air of peace and calm. It offers visitors a significantly less celebrated but nonetheless pleasant network of quaint lanes and side streets, majestic panoramas of the Bosphorus, and an impressive assortment of accommodation options for all budgets and tastes.
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