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Matbah Ottoman Palace Cuisine
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Ranked #83 of 14,235 Restaurants in Istanbul
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: Breakfast, Dinner, Late Night, 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 March 12, 2014

I have eat couple times there, if you wish to taste typic Ottoman foods try there... It very close to the Hagia Sophia Mosque and Sultanahmet District.

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Reviewed March 9, 2014

Fine dining.
Costly by local standards, but still very reasonable by European standards.
Menu : v good
Food quality : excellent
Wine list : exhaustive
Service:excellent
3 course ,good wine bottle :€ 40 p.p.

Will definitely recommend.

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Reviewed March 5, 2014

Imaginative, flavoursome and delicious cooking consistently from first to last. Unobtrusive, smooth service and great views. I recommend it highly and would most definitely return.

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Reviewed March 3, 2014

This restaurant was recommended to us...and it is a little gem. Great food in a great location and the service is excellent as well. subtle live music is an added bonus and adds to the relaxed atmosphere.

1  Thank Andrew C
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Reviewed March 2, 2014

We stayed at the Ottoman hotel and one night decided to have dinner at the Matbah restaurant. And what a good decision it was! The service was first class, it had live music, and the ambiance was lovely. But the best thing was the food. The story goes that the Sultans' chefs kept their recipes secret. Fortunately, the guild of cooks at the time were more willing to share. So the chefs at Matbah researched the ancient documents, experimented, adapted the recipes to the modern-day taste and compiled what is now one of the best menus in Istanbul. Not sure how much of this story is true, but I'd say a visit to Matbah is a must for everyone with an appreciation for good food.

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