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“Good food and in a great location”

Matbah Ottoman Palace Cuisine
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Ranked #90 of 14,132 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: Dinner, Late Night, 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 August 6, 2013

After visiting the Aya Sofia we looked up the tripadvisor app for a good restaurant nearby. This place was literally around the corner. The food was good and slightly different to usual offerings. They dated the recipes for when they were created, not sure how much to believe that my dinner was invented 500 years ago. Great setting, clean with white table clothes etc. Would go back

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Reviewed August 1, 2013

The title says it all. I have barely seen such a great and attentive service elsewhere. The staff makes sure you are having the best time ever. They even offered my partner a gift at the end of the evening! It truly reflected the hospitality of Turkish people.

The setting was perfect as we were sitting outside on a little terrace during a quiet night, which made it even more intimate.

The food was as good as the rest, which means amazing. Whilst it can be expensive compared to other places in Turkey, you can be sure that you'll almost never get such value for money in Western countries.

On a last note, this is also where one member of the staff taught me a trick to easily remember how to say thank you in Turkish: "Two sugar and dream" which is close enough to "Teşekkür ederim".

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Thank Oepion
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Reviewed July 30, 2013

Well lit terrace restaurant in the rear of the Hotel Ottoman Palace. A little hard to find but its a small street just to the north side of Hagia Sofia. Excellent cuisine with a number of lamb dishes. Very imaginative and historic recipes.

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Reviewed July 30, 2013

The re creation of the traditional Ottoman Cuisine is completely liveable in this restaurant. Wonderful food. In addition to it, the nice terrace where it is located and excellent service, especially from Harun, the waiter who guided us through the menu choices completes our total satisfaction. The Turkish wine they have is as good as the food. A must.

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Thank rodmezae
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Reviewed July 24, 2013

We ate at Matbah twice because we enjoyed it so much. The concept of serving original Ottoman dishes and the descriptions on the menu was unique. Service excellent, food delicious, unusual and price reasonable. Recommend ordering the specialities and saving the kebabs for another restaurant. Turkish music and view, if sitting by the edge add to the ambience.

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Thank Linda K
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