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“Fantastic meal in a ideal location”

Matbah Ottoman Palace Cuisine
Ranked #77 of 13,715 Restaurants in Istanbul
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $30 - $75
Cuisines: Turkish, Healthy
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Good for: Romantic, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Families with children, Large groups
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Lunch, Dinner, Delivery, Reservations
Neighborhood: Sultanahmet
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.
Hartland, Wisconsin
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“Fantastic meal in a ideal location”
Reviewed October 1, 2012

It started with a warm wonderful reception from host Delora, a perfect English speaker. We enjoyed our meal so much we returned the next night. Beef, lamb and chicken had the right spicies and were superb.

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Brussels, Belgium
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“Pretty average compared to other places”
Reviewed October 1, 2012

We had our dinner in Matbah on the evening of my b-day: having read all the positive comments on the restaurant our expectations were understandably high...

The terrace is nice, but with no view the setting is definitely less spectacular than the others places we had dined in Istanbul: so we thought that we could concentrate on the food. Unfortunately this was far below our expectations: entries were pretty small and one (we ordered shrimps) was simply tasteless. The rest of the meal was fine, but really nothing outstanding.

Finally, price-wise it was definitely more expensive than the other (excellent) restaurants of the same category we had been.

To sum it up: I suppose it might be worth to dine at Matbah to get a flavor of the old Ottoman cuisine, but in general we did not regard it amongst the best culinary experiences we had in Istanbul.

  • Visited September 2012
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Blackwood, United Kingdom
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“Good quality Ottoman period cuisine.”
Reviewed September 28, 2012

An excellent choice in Istanbul for a dining experience not to be missed. The service was top class as you would expect from a restaurant of this quality. Food was amazing, different from the other restaurants we visited. Prepare to a very high standard and presentation was amazing. Give it a go .

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“An amizing experience”
Reviewed September 23, 2012

A truly different dining experience in Istanbul; we visited it for our last evening in the city and were marvelled by the atmosphere in that quiet terrace just meters away from major sights. The staff was very friendly and professional, and the dishes absolutely delicious and special, following old ottoman recipes. Of course, as it is in a hotel, tourists are the main public, but in our opinion it did not affect the ambiance and whole experience. In spite of the quality, ot was fairly priced, as compared to much less sophisticated place at which we ate in Istanbul.

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“Turkish delightful meal”
Reviewed September 23, 2012

Booked to go here after reading other reviews for our last meal in Istambul and we weren't disappointed. The food was lovely- well presented and really tasty. The waiter was very friendly and didn't rush us. Mandolin player added to the ambience and a small gift of a small stone for a necklace presented with the bill was a nice touch. It wasn't overly expensive either.

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