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“Ottoman cuisine experience”

Matbah Ottoman Palace Cuisine
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Ranked #83 of 14,235 Restaurants in Istanbul
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $30 - $75
Cuisines: Turkish, Healthy
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Good for: Business meetings, Families with children, Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Romantic
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.
Reviewed October 22, 2013

Nice restaurant located in a very lovely hotel. Outside seating available. I have visited turkey a number of times (20+) and have never done a truly tourist visit and done a tourist dinner. I think traditional Ottoman food is something geared towards tourists. A "twist" on traditional turkish cuisine where there were alot of sweet sauces and fruits mixed in with the meats. (pomegranate sauces, figs, cherry, etc.). It was a good experience, something different. The service was good. Atmosphere was nice. There was a live musician playing ottoman music which added a nice flair. The experience was supposed to liken to an experience of eating at an Ottoman Palace (Topkapi), using original menu items from the Sultan's chef. The outside seating area doesn't offer views of anything. This is a shame as it's such a centrally located restaurant by the mosques and the main square.

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Reviewed October 22, 2013 via mobile

Delicious And different dishes, excellent service, reasonable prices. I Highly recommend this place. Enjoy your meals!

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Reviewed October 17, 2013

I really enjoyed this place. The food was amazing - definitely try the stuffed calamari. The use of walnuts throughout was very nice too. The ambiance was good, but would benefit with darker interior lighting so that once it was dark out you could still see through the windows to the beautiful skyline. Also, when large groups are there it can be a bit noisy - be selective about your seats!

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Reviewed October 12, 2013

It is a great Ottoman cusine in the middle of the history. Great ambiance and food. I am a travel agent in Turkey and Matbah is one of top restaurants in Sultanahmet. This restaurant has to be in your list when you are here in Istanbul!

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Reviewed October 11, 2013 via mobile

Great place for a romatic meal in the heart of the old city. Impeccable service and great dishes all based on ancient Turkish recipies.

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