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Matbah Ottoman Palace Cuisine

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Sultanahmet - Old City
Turkish, Vegetarian, Healthy
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Caferiye Sokak No 6/1 | Sultanahmet - Fatih, Istanbul 34400, 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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Good for:
Families with children
Romance
Large groups
Doing business
Local cuisine
Special occasions
Entertaining clients
Breakfast/Brunch
Lunch
Dinner
Reservations
Delivery
Late Night

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  • Value
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    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Great location, decent food.

Very easy to find restaurant, with good decoration and somehow good service too. Yet the food was bland and nothing special, not to mention an overpriced price.

3 of 5 starsReviewed February 26, 2015
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Perth, Australia
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Romance
  • Large groups
  • Doing business
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Delivery
  • Late Night
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Perth, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW

Very easy to find restaurant, with good decoration and somehow good service too. Yet the food was bland and nothing special, not to mention an overpriced price.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

This restaurant was recommended to us by our hotel and disappointingly it did not live up to our expectations. For what sounded like very interesting dishes, the tastes were quite bland and nothing out of the ordinary. I had the stuffed quince as main course and it was excessively sweet, to the point that I was able to eat less... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

Reading the other reviews I feel like we went to a different restaurant! The food was okay, nothing special and we had much better (and cheaper) options when in Istanbul. I felt this was a restaurant that tourists as there were no locals with the prices reflecting that. The service was efficient and the staff were very polite. They gave... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

A very good friend suggested we visit this restaurant after touring Topkapi Palace given the classic but unique Ottoman cuisine was resurrected by culinary historians who worked from inventories and paintings from Topkapi Palace to recreate dishes from the 15th and 16th centuries. The food is simply delicious, history or no history, but the attention to detail and authenticity is... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015

Service that exudes attention and food that supplied style and tantalising tastes...I would come again and again...the lamb shank was delicious as was my lady's salmon...staff are lovely

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

On a cold rainy night in Istanbul we had trouble finding this place, but so glad we did. It's in a beautiful hotel, the staff is wonderful, and the food was excellent. We were seated next to a heater (good thing, I was freezing!), and started with a warm drink. Then we enjoyed the stuffed melon - the spices were... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

We arrived here after a visit to Sultanahmet Square in Old Town Istanbul. We traveled upstairs and the group of us (44 on a Tauck Tour) were seated at 3 long tables and were promptly served water, iced tea or Cherry juice!! Lunch was served shortly thereafter - the menu was already chosen and the food was never ending and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

What a great place! Smile, smile and smile...! The menu is great and for everybody. Try the soup, it's amazing! They welcome you with water, a mezze and something to drink. If you don't know what to eat, they will advise you. We even got a small gift before leaving. The best thing in this restaurant is definitely staff members.... More 

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Calgary, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

Great service, excellent food, stunning location. If you want to experience genuine Ottoman cuisine this should not be missed. Not pricey (but definitely not cheap) but excellent value.

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Perth, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

The premise of Matbah restaurant is to offer the dishes prepared in the palace kitchens and served to the sultans of the Ottoman empire, faithfully reproduced after extensive research. We thought that this sounded like a really interesting (and very unique) concept, so decided to indulge ourselves with a visit to Matbah. Visually, the decor and atmosphere is excellent. We... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Caferiye Sokak No 6/1 | Sultanahmet - Fatih, Istanbul 34400, Turkey
  • Location: Europe  >  Turkey  >  Istanbul>  > Sultanahmet - Old City
  • Neighborhood: Sultanahmet - Old City
  • Phone Number: 212 514 6151

Price and Cuisine

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

Restaurant Characteristics

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

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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