The best restaurants in Istanbul

The best restaurants in Istanbul

As I told you in the post of sights in Istanbul, the city has an incredible combination of cultures. Their cuisine becomes even more rich and special because of this mix of traditions. I highly value the local cuisine of the countries I visit and I find it incredible to be able to taste so many different dishes in a single city.
We stayed there for a short time, so we didn’t taste the food in many places. Even so, I will list for you the restaurants we went to and others that are among the most recommended. There is so much delicious food that you will even be mouth watering 🙂

Divan Pub

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One of the best restaurants on the eastern side of the city is the Divan Pub. Their menu is geared towards Turkish cuisine, although you can still find other dishes of international cuisine. The environment of the place is also beautiful, with wonderful natural lighting during the day.
I ordered a pear salad with a mix of leaves and nuts and it was delicious. Paulo opted for a schnitzel, which is similar to our breaded chicken. Everything was delicious and we would definitely go back if we had more time in the city.

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Mikla was one of the restaurants that recommended me the most, so I was looking forward to their food. After having tasted the tasting menu, I can already confirm that it is really worth going there. The ingredients are super fresh and the dishes were very tasty.
It is on the rooftop of The Marmara Pera Hotel, so you can already imagine the city view, right? It’s beautiful surreal, I swear! The restaurant won me over for the food as well as the place and I’m sure you will love it too.

Eleos

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With two locations around Istanbul, Eleos is increasingly winning over the palates of tourists and city dwellers. They serve both Turkish food and Greek and Armenian cuisine. The dishes are delicious and most of them are based on fish or seafood. The decor of the two places is very welcoming, so you will like both the atmosphere and the food 😉

Nopa Restaurant

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Paulo and I went to dinner nthe Nopa Restaurant and we fell in love with the place. His atmosphere is wonderful, with walls that form huge vertical gardens. The restaurant is known not only for its food but also for its incredible drinks. In short, all the best in one place!
Most of the menu is based on Mediterranean cuisine, with Asian and Nikkei touches. In the meat part of the menu, one of the most requested dishes is kofta, a type of meatball from the region. They make this meat accompanied with mustard cream and sautéed spinach.

Asitane

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Asitane’s main mission, as stated on the restaurant’s website, is to keep the few recipes left over from the Ottomans. It is as if each preparation made by them was the preservation of a history and a tradition, you know? Even vegetarians eat well in this place.
Among the dishes on the menu you will find some very famous, like kebab, and others more traditional, like Mutanjene. It is a lamb stew with apricots and almonds. Those who enjoy this type of cuisine will love to eat in it.

Neolokal

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The main differential of Neolokal is the innovation in the way of preparing local dishes. They add ingredients that make all the difference and the presentation of the dishes is super modern and elegant. Another interesting thing is that they follow a movement called “Slow Food”, in which the main objectives are the greater appreciation of food and the appreciation of dishes from local cultures.
Are you curious to know what the main dishes are? I’ll tell you what they are! Katmer with minced meat, pistachios and tarhana cream; grilled sea bass with celery cream, potatoes and wild mustard; lamb meat with pickled apple. They can change over time, so be sure to go to their website to confirm the menu 😉

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If you werelooking for a good place to have brunch, or have a lighter lunch, you can rest assured. Cuma is the perfect restaurant for this, in addition to having a super charming and charming atmosphere.
Their menu is seasonal, so the ingredients used will be super fresh and common for the season. They always offer “soup of the day” on the menu, a different salad option and at least three meat dishes.

Zubeyir Ocakbasi

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Zübeyir Ocakbaşı is a very local type of restaurant frequented by locals. As the name says, the Turkish barbecue is the star of the place. It is a paradise for meat lovers. If you want to try a barbecue different from what we eat in Brazil, this is a great opportunity.
The kebabs and lamb chops are the most requested in the restaurant. I just don’t recommend this place for vegetarians and vegans, since their proposal is to serve meat and the menu offers practically no meatless or animal products.
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So, did you feel like trying the food in these places? If you know other interesting restaurants around the city, be sure to comment here. Remembering that all the vlogs of our trip there are already on the site 😉

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