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Matbah Ottoman Palace Cuisine

Caferiye Sokak No 6/1 | Sultanahmet - Fatih, Istanbul 34400, Turkey (Sultanahmet - Old City)
212 514 6151
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Ranked #73 of 11,077 Restaurants in Istanbul
Price range: $30 - $75
Cuisines: Turkish, Vegetarian, Healthy
Neighborhood: Sultanahmet - Old City
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Good for: Families with children, Romance, Large groups, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night
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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Berlin, Germany
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2014 NEW

We were getting a bit worn out from sightseeing, and so treated ourselves to an elegant meal in this elegant hotel restaurant. I had dreaded eating out in Istanbul because I am allergic to plants in the red pepper family - chili, paprika, cayenne, etc. all make me very ill. The staff at the Matbah Ottoman Palace spoke excellent English... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014 NEW

Had dinner tonight in Matbah restaurant. It offers great variety of traditional Ottoman food. Very tasty, but expensive.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014 via mobile

Delicious traditional ottama n food with fantastic, attentive service. Relatively expensive but definitely worth it. Great for a special occasion authentic turkish meal that I won't forget.

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London, United Kingdom
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36 reviews 36 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

Located just off a steep cobbled side street, my boyfriend took me here for a special birthday dinner and it was amazing. We had a selection of the starters and dishes between us. A lot of care is obviously taken with the cooking and it is on a higher level than other food we tried during our stay. The room... More 

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Kenilworth, United Kingdom
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38 reviews 38 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014 via mobile

What a great find! We booked this from the UK to ensure we got a table, which was a good move as the restaurant isn't very big. Excellent food, lovely idea to date the dishes, good to taste some flavours of the past. Tucked away near the cisterns in a great location. Beautiful views.

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Attard, Malta
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

This restaurant is within the Ottoman Imperial Hotel which is centrally placed in the Sultanahmet district. It is a classy place with attentive staff. The menu is not extensive, but it claims to be based on recipes from imperial archives. The food is well prepared and delicious. The wine list is reasonably priced for its category. If you are interested... More 

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Mumbai (Bombay), India
17 reviews 17 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

Ottoman palace cuisine restaurant has a rare collection of Ottoman food, and is a must visit for food enthusiasts. The ambience is beautiful and allows you to eat at leisure Highly recommended

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

This restaurant is a MUST for all those who want to experience authentic turkish cuisisne. The food is delicious and the portions are large. One of the best restaurants in Istanbul, right in the middle of the old city. One sentence summarizes it all: This is a highly recommended restaurant in Istanbul.

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Istanbul, Turkey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

If you want rare and traditional Ottoman food you are in the right place. We have visited this restaurant wit my wife.We have ordered smoked cheese with layer mushroom. It was yummy and very good appetizer. As main course, I have ordered stuffed melon and my wife has ordered lamb chops. Her platter came with three pieces meat with garniture.... More 

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Zurich, Switzerland
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014

Could they conquer such vast lands on such mediocre food? Or did I just catch a bad night at Matbah? The almond soup was boring - not much taste, except for the pomegranate segments. The veal kebab in "fragrant herbs" was not much better: The cinnamon and cumin sauce was remarkably absent, even in the marinade of the meat. And... More 

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srhtmt, Public Relations Manager at Matbah Ottoman Palace Cuisine, responded to this review

Dear Guest, We do thank you for taking the time complete a review regarding your visit to Matbah – Ottoman Palace Cuisine. We are deeply sorry to hear about your unpleasant experience regarding your order. In this regard, we would like to take the opportunity to sincerely apologize to you for not living up to your expectations. The guest satisfaction... More 

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Additional Information about Matbah Ottoman Palace Cuisine

Address: Caferiye Sokak No 6/1 | Sultanahmet - Fatih, Istanbul 34400, Turkey
Phone Number: 212 514 6151
Location: Europe  >  Turkey  >  Istanbul>  > Sultanahmet - Old City
Average Prices: USD 30 - 75
Cuisine: Turkish, Vegetarian, Healthy

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