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“Excellent food, wine and service” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Matbah Ottoman Palace Cuisine

Matbah Ottoman Palace Cuisine
Caferiye Sokak No 6/1 | Sultanahmet, Istanbul 34122, Turkey
212 514 6151
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Ranked #100 of 11,086 Restaurants in Istanbul
Price range: $30 - $75
Cuisines: Turkish, Vegetarian, Healthy
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Good for: Romantic, Local cuisine, Doing business, Special occasions, Large groups, Families with children, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Delivery, Late Night, Reservations
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.
Lymm, United Kingdom
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“Excellent food, wine and service”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2012

I will echo the sentiments of the previous reviewer when it comes to the location of the place - this is not an easy place to find, and we didn't realise it was connected to/part of a hotel. However, it is worth the effort!

With a vegan in tow, finding food that suited the two of us in Istanbul is a little tricky, but the menu for this restaurant sounded promising, and it turned out to be a very good match for what we wanted. From the excellent starter plates (covering stuffed calamari, delicious vegan dolma, a baked aubergine dish and a thick pate made from white beans) through to our mains (hers a bean/vegetable stew, mine an unusual but fantastic lamb dish with apricot, almonds, grapes, pistachio and onion) the foods was wonderful. Washed down with a local red wine - and yes, I was genuinely surprised by the quality of the wine - it was a truly lovely meal. We had no room for deserts, sadly, but they also sounded great. Along side a complementary tapenade appetiser and endlessly free mineral water and breads, this was a very, very good dining experience.

I'd love to have eaten here during the summer months as the views from the terrace looked to be a great backdrop to stare at while eating, but that didn't really take much away from our evening.

Certainly not the cheapest place in Istanbul, but worth it if you want to splash out on a superb evening of food and wine.

  • Visited November 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Brisbane, Australia
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“Very special place.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2012

Visited the restaurant on our last night in Istanbul , it's a perfect place for a romantic dinner away from the crowd. Delicious food, prepared according to the Ottoman period recipes and excellent service. A must-go place! Great atmosphere.

Visited October 2012
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“Very Good!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2012

Ok, let me start with the location. It's not exactly easy to find. It's near the Hagia Sophia, in the shadow of it. You have to go UP HILL on the side street and at first it doesn't seem like you're in the right place but it is.
The atmosphere is great, once you get through the hotel and up the stairs. We went for dinner and because of the coolness of the season we had to eat indoors. There is a huge outdoor seating area with awnings for cover. Indoors is very nice.
The food is delicious! I had slow roasted lamb chop and the meat fell off the bone and melts in your mouth. I can only imagine how long it was roasted.
We splurged with the wine selection, Turkish wine was/is very good!

Once you get the directions to this place right it's worth the visit.

  • Visited November 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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London, United Kingdom
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“Fine dining experience, great service.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2012

After a disappointing dinner on our first night in Istanbul at another restaurant, we found our gourmet heaven where we have been treated as valued guests. The food is very special as it is based on ancient Ottoman recipes, delicious! There is traditional Turkish live music at the weekends, easy listening and not the tourist trap style. The service is very attentive and humorous, we really enjoyed every minute and would definitely return.

  • Visited September 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Very nice Otoman restaurant”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2012

Very nice the atmosphere. The staff very polite and cordial. The food very well made. Everything perfect.

  • Visited October 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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