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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 #32 of 10,800 restaurants in Istanbul
Price range: $30 - $75
Cuisines: Turkish, Vegetarian, Healthy
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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
Neighborhood: Sultanahmet - Old City
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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London, United Kingdom
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57 reviews 57 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014 NEW

Close by Agia Sophia, the Matbah is in a great location. It is located in a hotel, the restaurant is mostly enclosed but there are some gaps which did cause a problem with a smoker. It seems that although the room is enclosed the gaps mean it is considered a "garden"! Fortunately this was sorted and the smoker was dispatched... More

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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101 reviews 101 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

This restaurant was recommended by my tour guide and my hotel concierge. They are very well promoted as they are pricier than most restaurants in the area. As far as food goes, they have unique spins on traditional dishes, which is not a good thing at times. This was one of those times. The restaurant was pretty, but the food... More

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London, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014

Before we flew out to Istanbul, I stumbled onto this via lonely planet, and boy was I in for a treat! We booked our reservation and then turned up a few hours earlier, the staff are amazing and welcoming, really did treat us like Sultans! (Free on the house drinks). The menu is concise and easy, but it gets increasingly... More

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Philadelphia
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32 reviews 32 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014

For the most delicate flavors and divine combinations, this is the place to go. Located in the Ottoman Hotel Imperial, the quiet dining area has a nice view, but it is the food that is the most fabulous draw here. We were staying in this hotel and usually only eat one night in each restaurant we visit, but we ended... More

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Maidstone, United Kingdom
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22 reviews 22 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014

It was my Partners Birthday whilst we were in Istanbul and this restaurnant was recommended by our Hotel. It was superb. Fine Ottoman cuisine, excellent wine and sublime service. Also, whilst an excellent restaurant it is not as expensive as you might think.

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ATHENS GREECE
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19 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2014

A genuine small diamond was hidden inside a small boutique hotel. Before our visit for dinner , i read on tripadvisor very good reviews and i didn't regret it !!.small hall the indoor place but elegant and chic. Very good service, very polite staff, we order some apetizers ( small portions ) and main courses ( normal size ).. all... More

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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2014

Notice to all willing to have very good quality food : come hungry! The menu is packed with delicious food options and the servings are generous. We ate for around 100€ for 2 inclusive sparkling Turkish wine (little bit of adventure here in a well rounded menu). The restaurant is by the tramway line by the agia Sofia, very convenient!... More

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2014

Matbah was recommended to us by one of the staff in our hotel (Amira) as a great place to try out Ottoman cuisine. We were not disappointed. My favourite dish was a lamb stew with figs and apricots. The staff are professional and friendly. A three course dinner excluding wine came to about £30 each.

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Alberta
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29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2014

Our fabulous guide, Gulay Gunay, from Neon Tours, took us to this restaurant for lunch during our day tour. The food was authentic, flavorful, and served with flourish and care. We loved the view of the city and the service was first rate. Check this one out!!

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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2014

The restaurant serves traditional Ottoman cuisine, it was recommended to us by our tour guide and we were not disappointed. The food was luxurious, painstakingly put together cooked to perfection. I had a lamb rice dish that was served in a pumpkin that was just delicious. Price a little on the high side for Istanbul, but I felt it was... More

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