What could be better after a morning of culture than to enjoy a great meal in a spectacular setting at the art gallery? Istanbul Modern's restaurant could be compared to Danny Meyer's resto at the Whitney in New York -- great selections, nicely plated -- but with a terrific view of both the Asian and European sides of Istanbul.
Choices range from excellent Turkish fare, starting with the tiny bowl of olives in oil and fennel that will accompany your bread basket, to beautiful dolma and succulent akcaap kebabs, to pizzas and risottos and lovely desserts such as tiramisu and lemon tart. Service is reasonably efficient, especially considering staff are managing a polyglot crowd as well as wealthy locals. (They were remarkably calm and indulgent with an unruly birthday party of 7 year olds when we were there last, truly the sign of hospitality!)
The wine selection is good, with some very nice Turkish offerings.
It can get crowded here but the tables seem to move fast and the maitre d' and waiters are all looking out to please guests. Seating at the very nice bar is an option -- good view of all the bustle. If you don't arrive before noon and want a window table with a Bosphorus view, though, arrive after 2:30/3 and this should not be a problem.
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