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Matbah Ottoman Palace Cuisine

#97 of 11,150 Restaurants in Istanbul
#108 of 11,605 Places to Eat in Istanbul
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Turkish, Vegetarian, Healthy
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Caferiye Sokak No 6/1 | Sultanahmet, Istanbul 34122, Turkey
212 514 6151
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Description: Matbah – Ottoman Palace CuisineThe Ottoman Empire has reigned over the...
Matbah – Ottoman Palace CuisineThe Ottoman Empire has reigned over the huge lands for centuries and coexisted with many nations and cultures. By synthesizing all the acquainted cultures in order to produce a unique taste of its own, through the time, the Ottomans have enriched the Ottoman Cuisine. Several cuisines majorly deriving from Middle Asia, the Balkans, the Middle East and the Europe are the main contributors to the Ottoman Cuisine.This cuisine has prevailed mostly in the kitchens of the Ottoman Palace and therefore, the palace has turned out to be a unique place in order to grasp its tastes completely. Unfortunately, since the guilds of the palace cooks did keep their recipes as professional secrets, this magnificent cuisine has lost some of its unique tastes nowadays.After long and professional researches conducted at the palace libraries, through the books and documents written by palace historians and guild of cooks (who had preferred to share their experiences instead of keeping them as secrets) we, Matbah Restaurant, benefited from all these documents and recipes to prepare a selective and unique menu containing of twenty seven outstanding dishes from Matbah-ı Beray-i (Kitchen of Sultan’s Palace) for your exclusive taste.All dishes served are tested, improved and adapted to the measure which we do use nowadays. Besides, we have noted all the utmost details regarding with the Ottoman-style cooking. After an exquisite exercise and efforts, the stunning recipes have been completed and adjoined to our selective menu.The Ottoman grandeur and hospitality prevailing at “Matbah” is welcoming exclusive guests and gourmets who do delight in the comfort of a vibrant ambiance at different seasons throughout the year. We are more than willing to serve your distinguished agency and special group with the selective menu which we prepared from the stunning recipes.Hope you will enjoy your meal at Matbah.
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Great food but service could be better

Matbah which offers Ottoman palace food is conveniently located right next to the Hagia Sophia. many items on the menu are based on recipes hundreds of years ago which dates indicated on the menu. We had lunch there and on that day there were a couple of large groups at the restaurant which... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 29, 2015
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Good for:
  • Local cuisine
  • Large groups
  • Entertaining clients
  • Romantic
  • Families with children
  • Doing business
  • Special occasions
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015 NEW

Matbah which offers Ottoman palace food is conveniently located right next to the Hagia Sophia. many items on the menu are based on recipes hundreds of years ago which dates indicated on the menu. We had lunch there and on that day there were a couple of large groups at the restaurant which slowed down the service. The dip of... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015 NEW

Such a beautiful restaurant near the Hagia Sophia. We were walking pass and were attracted to the words "ottoman palace dining". We watched the sunset over the old town, and service was impeccable. The food has been one of the better few in turkey, more refined with an acceptable budget. We had the duck stew , chicken with onions and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015

We have a very lovely dinner. The food and the service were great. The only problem was the very noisy family seated nearby--we had to change tables to get some quiet.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

We came to Matbah after seeing a wonderful picture of the restaurant's patio overlooking the Blue Mosque. The picture was published in a travel magazine and is also available online. Unfortunately it is a product of Photoshop. While the restaurant is quite nice and offers savory food and attentive service, its patio has just a regular view of Istanbul (it... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

one of our best lunches/meals was here! service is outstanding as well. We had a combo of mezes and mains, but there's always too much food (in both turkey and greece). i don't know how they eat it all!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2015

Each of the dishes we had was carefully prepared and presented -- and delicious! The setting is lovely, and the staff is efficient and friendly and helpful. The tasteful traditional music was a nice touch. Good wine, too.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2015 via mobile

The food was delicious- best lamb shank I have ever eaten! It was so tender and fell of the bone - I want to go back to Istanbul just to eat here again! The menu is unusual and has many interesting Ottoman dishes I wish i could have tried. It was very reasonably priced too and was the only place... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2015

Located right next to Aya Sofya this place emanates tonnes of positive vibe, smiling waiting staff and beautifully set tables. Eating here is a special occasion. The staff is knowledgeable about wine pairings and their suggestions on food based on your likings. They love to explain and discuss their dishes with their preparations without any snobbery of a big old... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2015

We went in this restaurant last year in winter, everything was great and stuff was very friendly.. We liked your dishes in a very strange way.. This restaurant gived us very nice expirience. We have reserved our table one month before we arrived in Istanbul..

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2015

We came for an evening business dinner. The location is great right next to blue mosque. The service is attentive. Food is tasty and nicely presented. Some dishes are unusual. Do not miss the cold mezze. There is good vegetarian selection available. The prices are very reasonable. Worth a visit.

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Address: Caferiye Sokak No 6/1 | Sultanahmet, Istanbul 34122, Turkey
Phone Number: 212 514 6151
Location: Europe  >  Turkey  >  Istanbul
Average Prices: USD 30 - 75
Cuisine: Turkish, Vegetarian, Healthy

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Caferiye Sokak No 6/1 | Sultanahmet, Istanbul 34122, Turkey
  • Location: Europe  >  Turkey  >  Istanbul
  • Phone Number: 212 514 6151

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 30 - 75
  • Cuisine: Turkish, Vegetarian, Healthy

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Local cuisine, Large groups, Entertaining clients, Romantic, Families with children, Doing business, Special occasions

Description

Matbah – Ottoman Palace CuisineThe Ottoman Empire has reigned over the huge lands for centuries and coexisted with many nations and cultures. By synthesizing all the acquainted cultures in order to produce a unique taste of its own, through the time, the Ottomans have enriched the Ottoman Cuisine. Several cuisines majorly deriving from Middle Asia, the Balkans, the Middle East and the Europe are the main contributors to the Ottoman Cuisine.This cuisine has prevailed mostly in the kitchens of the Ottoman Palace and therefore, the palace has turned out to be a unique place in order to grasp its tastes completely. Unfortunately, since the guilds of the palace cooks did keep their recipes as professional secrets, this magnificent cuisine has lost some of its unique tastes nowadays.After long and professional researches conducted at the palace libraries, through the books and documents written by palace historians and guild of cooks (who had preferred to share their experiences instead of keeping them as secrets) we, Matbah Restaurant, benefited from all these documents and recipes to prepare a selective and unique menu containing of twenty seven outstanding dishes from Matbah-ı Beray-i (Kitchen of Sultan’s Palace) for your exclusive taste.All dishes served are tested, improved and adapted to the measure which we do use nowadays. Besides, we have noted all the utmost details regarding with the Ottoman-style cooking. After an exquisite exercise and efforts, the stunning recipes have been completed and adjoined to our selective menu.The Ottoman grandeur and hospitality prevailing at “Matbah” is welcoming exclusive guests and gourmets who do delight in the comfort of a vibrant ambiance at different seasons throughout the year. We are more than willing to serve your distinguished agency and special group with the selective menu which we prepared from the stunning recipes.Hope you will enjoy your meal at Matbah.

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