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“A gastronomic journey into Ottoman delights”

Matbah Ottoman Palace Cuisine
Ranked #70 of 13,724 Restaurants in Istanbul
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $30 - $75
Cuisines: Turkish, Healthy
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Good for: Romantic, Business meetings, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Large groups, Families with children
Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Late Night, 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.
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“A gastronomic journey into Ottoman delights”
Reviewed February 6, 2013

We stayed in the magnificent city of Istanbul five days in July/August 2012. Through numerous reviews, we had pointed out Matbah as one of the most interesting restaurants. The always helpful Fatih at Best Point Hotel also recommended this restaurant.

We were definitely not disappointed! We got a table close to the entrance. The head waiter promised to try to get a better table near the garden. Well, he forgot the table, and was very sorry for that. But that was no problem at all. Our table was excellent.

But it is the menu and the food that make this restaurant very special. Based upon recipes from the ancient Ottoman Empire, this turned to be a gastronomic journey into a world of delicious food.

The service was very friendly and the musicians playing guitar and oud made the evening perfect. This is surely not the cheapest restaurant in Istanbul, but the food and the atmosphere is worth every lira.

  • Visited August 2012
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Istanbul, Turkey
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“Feel like a Sultan”
Reviewed January 31, 2013

A very special feel with a menu from times past - intriguing and interesting. We visited on more than one occasion during our visit to Istanbul. My husband found the "wet" almond halva "to die for"! A unique and lovely evening with attentive and thoughtful staff. Although mid-winter, the restaurant was snug and comfortable with a good view over the roofs of nearby buildings to the Blue Mosque in the distance.

  • Visited January 2013
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1 Thank Julia H
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Guildford United Kingdom
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“Something Special.”
Reviewed January 26, 2013

Wonderful atmospher to have a good time. I'm sure it's much better during the warmer months as it has an open court yard where the meals are served as we were told. The food is special and amazing, has a variety of selection . Good choice.

Visited January 2013
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Cairo, Egypt
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“Great Food & Atmosphere”
Reviewed January 13, 2013

The food was great, though the appetizers portions were extremely small, the main courses were perfect! we ordered 4 different things and the best was the gooze pie :)

overall experience, it was really good food medium priced, the service could have been a bit better though.

  • Visited December 2012
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Alexandria, Virginia
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“Excellent Christmas dinner”
Reviewed January 2, 2013

We met some friends for dinner at Matbah on Christmas night. The food was wonderful. Very unique dishes. Different from what you get at other restaurants in Istanbul. It is definitely worth a visit.

Visited December 2012
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