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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 #72 of 11,046 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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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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45 reviews 45 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014 NEW via mobile

I was in Istanbul with some of my friends in Scotland. After a busy three day whistle stop visit of the city we decided to finish on high note. After having checked out Sarnıç, and found it closed for refurb, we moved onto Matbah. It should have been our first choice. The welcome was surpassed by the service and the... More

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Cairns, Australia
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6 reviews 6 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014 NEW

This restaurant was excellent in all ways. It was very clean and attractive to look at. The staff were very pleasant. The food was superb. In all I think that it was the best restaurant that I dined in during my whole holiday in Europe.

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London England
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48 restaurant reviews
99 helpful votes 99 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014 NEW

A really interesting place to eat. All the menu choices of food are dated as to when the recipes were originally made. We had the arefe patties and shrimp stew (cold) followed by mince and pine nuts stuffed in a melon and lamb shank which comes served in a pastry basket with aubergine puree. Delicious! No room for pudding!

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8 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

We wanted to try Ottoman cuisines, and this was one of the restaurants we selected from the highly ranked restaurant list based on Tripadvisor that looked nice from the photos and menus. Surprisingly we were the only customers during the first hour in the restaurant (with five waiters for three of us) until another group showed up, and that was... More

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61 reviews 61 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

This is a stylish open space that is cleverly designed. There is unobtrusive music in the background. The service is friendly and attentive, and the food is delicious!

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Baltimore, Maryland
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6 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

On our first night in Istanbul, we made reservations at Matbah, in the old city. It was recommended by a friend, and it didn't disappoint. We liked it so much that we went back a second night! The cuisine draws its inspiration from recipes of the Ottoman era, choosing them with an eye to modern tastes. It also offered some... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

It was expensive and the food wasn't wonderful. Ambiance was lovely. We were a large party, so tried many of their dishes.

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Chester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2014

We were recommended here by locals and it proved excellent. Top end of the Istanbul price range but very good quality. Food was delicious, well cooked and presented. Service attentive and knowledgable. The location right next to Hagia Sophia made it all the better.

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Isle of Palms, South Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2014 via mobile

We had a meal here twice. The first time we had lunch which was a part of a tour. Lunch was great - it was a preset meal so we couldn't choose, but what they brought us was very good. Each person got a sampler plate of 5 items from their appetizer menu - I loved the hummus which had... More

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Fremont, CA
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014

I was really curious to try this and was so happy to get a reservation. Unfortunately by the time they seated us they were out of the stuffed melon which we were looking forward to try ... the menu is exotic and very limited, the food that we ordered was very nice ad they also gave a token pendant which... 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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