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Matbah Ottoman Palace Cuisine
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Ranked #88 of 14,047 Restaurants in Istanbul
Price range: $30 - $75
Cuisines: Turkish, Healthy
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Good for: Romantic, Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Families with children, Business meetings
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, 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.
Reviewed May 12, 2013

Good location in the old town, very close to the Aya Sofia. Service was very good, welcoming and attentive. Food was tasty. I'd recommend the spinach dish. Lovely hospitality tough when paying pill also.

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Thank HeLondon
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Reviewed May 11, 2013

This was by far the best "Ottoman cuisine" we had while in Istanbul. I put Ottoman cuisine in quotes because I'm not sure what it means. Are they differentiating it from Turkish cuisine? What's the difference? Which came first, the footstool or the food? I'm still confused. But it was dang good, the atmosphere was pleasant and the service was great. We didn't have a reservation, but they squeezed us in.

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Thank DeadwoodDick
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Reviewed April 30, 2013

We had a lovely meal for two here. The dishes were served well and the service was great. What confuses me is why you'd want to eat the same dishes that were served hundreds of years ago.

Putting that aside, I'd recommend it.

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Thank AR_London
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Reviewed April 30, 2013

This was our first introduction to Ottoman cuisine. The restaurant on top of a hotel has nice views and is quite popular. The main courses were good, but nothing all that special given that it was much more expensive than most other places we ate the entire week (except one restaurant Leb-I-Derya – Richmondwhere we had our best meal in Turkey).

Thank Richard F
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Reviewed April 28, 2013

The food here is simply delicious: the best Ottoman style cuisine with delicately spiced dishes and the occasional surprising and refreshing tart touch (try the pickled beetroot and walnut salad for instance or the stuffed vine leaves with sour cherries). The view is very nice, the service impeccable and despite the luxurious feel of this restaurant, it is surprisingly afforable. We had a dinner for two (a selection of mezzes, main dishes and deserts) for around 70 euros. I definitely recommend it, especially for a romantic dinner.

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