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$3 - $6
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Turkish, Healthy, Middle Eastern
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Reviewed May 9, 2021 via mobile

While in Istanbul you can have delicious food for few tens of liras, we decided to go for a more pretentious restaurant as well. This one uses old Ottoman recipes to bring back to life the old cuisine. We received bread, olive oil and walnut&olives...paste as a free snack. Delicious! We then received the appetizers, a lamb pate and sour cherry stuffed vine leaves. The main dishes were stuffed quince and baby goat kebab. Good quality of the dishes, fine cooking. At the end we got a jar of orange marmalade. The service was good, relatively expensive but good experience.More

Date of visit: May 2021
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Reviewed April 4, 2020

This place has cool, modern “Ottoman” dishes. It is quite good and right next to the Chora Church. Good service.

Date of visit: August 2019
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Reviewed March 28, 2020

We had lunch here after visiting the Chora and the whole experience was simply outstanding. We found out about this restaurant from Anthony Bourdain’s épisode on Istanbul and his interview with the chef. Love the idea of reviving ancient recipes and ways of preparing food....Our lunch consisted of multiple courses and was one of the highlights of our trip. We even came away with a jar of preserves each that we managed to bring home intact.More

Date of visit: April 2019
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Reviewed November 21, 2019 via mobile

I would say yes. Interesting to try it once. Touristic? Absolutely yes. Nevertheless worth giving it a try.

Date of visit: November 2019
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Reviewed November 14, 2019 via mobile

We wnjowed very much this beautiful dinner with friends. The food was exceptional and dont be afraid to try the sweet main courses, they have authentic flavor. Paşa our host did a great job in making us comfortable and happy. We would definitely come back...againMore

Date of visit: November 2019
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Reviewed November 12, 2019 via mobile

Visited as a solo traveller. The three course meal was tasty, authentic ottoman dishes and amazing decor.

Date of visit: November 2019
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Reviewed November 9, 2019

Absolute gem. It’s off the beaten track, and next to the only (small) tourist attraction of the area (the mosaics of Chora church), but it’s worth it all the way. The menu consists of old real Ottoman recipes, each with a description and the year...(the source would’ve been nice). I had fried liver rissoles for starter, very tasty and well balanced by the pomegranate. The lamb stew with apricots, raisins, almonds and dried figs was very soft and moist, and the meat-fruit combination works very well. The Halva platter at the end reminds of marzipan fruits. Special mention for the wine, a deliciously sweet Safir. Everything had a real authentic taste. Service was on point, the inside looked very elegant, the tables in the garden are very spaced out (which is uncommon). The only good point about the absence of a tasting menu (which I would’ve chosen had there been the option) is the fact that I need to come back...More

Date of visit: November 2019
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Reviewed October 29, 2019 via mobile

Very good experience at Asitane. The level of service was superb, very attentive staff and were humorous and welcoming. Could not find any faults at all! The food was very interesting too. I had a melon with minced meat and that is a combination I...would never have thought would work but it did! If you want a little trip back in time to taste some of the off the beaten track Ottoman cuisine then we highly recommend this place! Prices are more than reasonable for what you are getting!More

Date of visit: October 2019
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Reviewed October 27, 2019 via mobile

Every dish from the mezza to the main to the desert was a visual and taste sensation. The entire concept of recomposing ancient dishes served to the sultans is intriguing, and then top that off with extraordinary service, you will feel like royalty yourself. Pasa,...our waiter along with his colleague, was uber attentive and quick to answer any questions. Our favorites were the pumpkin filled pastry starter and, perhaps the most unusual but surprisingly delicious flavor combination, the lamb and beef cooked in melon with hints of cinnamon. Highly recommend - and as a bonus, go early to visit the Chora museum that’s right around corner to see it’s amazing Byzantine mosaics. (But check for its summer/winter hours first)More

Date of visit: October 2019
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Reviewed October 22, 2019 via mobile

i am going to thing about that appetizer that we had for a very long time because it was so good. Great advice for the wine too. I wish I d live in Istanbul to go back there and taste every dish! If you are...adventurous and curious of different cuisine, you 're going to love it! They have more traditional dishes too :)More

Date of visit: October 2019
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Reviewed October 21, 2019

Old Ottoman recipes recreated. Interesting concept. Perfect service including making sure the taxis knew where to take us after dinner. Sea bass good/excellent, grilled lamb good, baked melon great, lamb stew not good, liver appetizer not to the liking of some, grape leaf appetizer fair/good,...cauliflower appetizer fair/good, desserts good(chocolate!). We ate here out of interest in the concept but maybe not a go back.More

Date of visit: October 2019
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Reviewed October 20, 2019 via mobile

...allover disappointing - we had grilled lamb as well as braised one...when I see the good reviews- was the

Date of visit: October 2019
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Reviewed October 14, 2019

The group's table was in the garden under the trees. Splendid location to eat the Ottoman dishes prepared for us. Excellent service by the waiters. Beautiful decor in the restaurant and very clean and classy.

Date of visit: October 2019
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Reviewed October 12, 2019

This is one of my top restaurants in Istanbul but while I would still certainly recommend it - if only to get the notion of a kebab-centric cuisine out of your head - the food is not quite as good as it used to be....And their desserts are approaching homecooking levels. And a comment on the comments below regarding the spice levels (some people seem to have found the food bland): Istanbul cooking is not known for heavy use of spices, and salt and pepper are available. ;)More

Date of visit: October 2019
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Reviewed October 7, 2019

We stopped here for lunch after visiting Chora Church (but if you are a foodie like me I will recommend you visit this restaurant with or without the church). This restaurant has preserved some of the best ottoman recipes which I didn't find anywhere else...on the menu (especially if you are a vegetarian). I loved the food and the open courtyard experience.More

Date of visit: July 2019
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the numbers (1535) in the menu is the YEAR of the recipe from the Sultan's palace! For 25-35 euros you will eat and drink well. i'd suggest trying to see the CHora CHurch (Kariyr Museum) right next door (might close at... More
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  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4.5