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“Great food”

Matbah Ottoman Palace Cuisine
Ranked #71 of 13,716 Restaurants in Istanbul
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $30 - $75
Cuisines: Turkish, Healthy
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Good for: Business meetings, Families with children, Local cuisine, Large groups, Special occasions, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, Breakfast, 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.
London, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
31 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Great food”
Reviewed March 11, 2013

Excellent rooftop setting, and superb ottoman food. Had a superb meal there, would highly recommend.

Visited March 2013
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3 reviews
“Excellent dinner”
Reviewed March 10, 2013 via mobile

Perfect food and very pleasant and helpful staff. We really enjoyed in our dinner. We warmly recommend it!!!! Good value for the money.

Thank Danvlado
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Grenoble, France
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96 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 101 helpful votes
“No big deal”
Reviewed March 1, 2013

This restaurant was presented to us as the go to place for traditional cuisine. We were seriously disappointed.

The food was good, but not exceptional. Most plates were lukewarm. The decor was bland. Service was good, but it is generally trey case in Istanbul.

Basically, this is a restaurant for tourists with no familiarity with Istanbul. We went back to our tradition of going to where the locals go. Prices are at least half of what we paid at Matbah and the food is much better and totally authentic.

  • Visited February 2013
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3 Thank JP B
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Beijing, China
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59 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
“Delicious and upscale”
Reviewed February 26, 2013

Went to Matbah for lunch today after reading about it in the United Airlines magazine. We ordered the stuffed calamari and stuffed cabbage leaves appetizers, as well as the stuffed quince entree. All were very good, the quince was stuffed with rice, nuts, currants, and meat in a sweet sauce. Overall, the entree was a bit sweet, but had good savory notes as well. At the end of the meal, my wife was presented with a stone pendant, which was beautiful and a very personal touch. It's worth a visit while in Istanbul. It's around the corder from Hagia Sophia, NOT the Topkapi Palace (the United Airlines magazine got ti wrong).

  • Visited February 2013
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Thank georgehu
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Birmingham UK
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40 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“Unusual and tasty at a reasonable price”
Reviewed February 23, 2013

Matbah serves Ottoman cuisine from recipes derived from Tokapi Palace records. The menu changes seasonally.
It feels upmarket - you get very attentive service, a 'free' drink and a sort of amuse-bouche. I went twice and had a date sherbet and a pomegranate distillation, both very potable. The food is interesting - quite subtle and sweet, with fruit (often apricots, dates and pomegranate) being used to flavour the meat and fish. If you've eaten Persian food you'll know what to expect. A minor downside is that wine is very expensive, and on both nights I went the fresh fruit juices were unavailable. In Feb 2013 I paid 83YTL (abouy £30) for a three course dinner with a beer.
A highlight of the restaurant is the view - it is walled with plate glass, and allows views across Hagia Sofia, and down through the Gulhane Park to the Bosphorus.

  • Visited February 2013
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Thank AndrewCBirminghamUK
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