Cahide ON5: "Deliciously kinky" Istanbul Ili Restaurant Tip by Caniko

Istanbul Ili Restaurants: 48 reviews and 91 photos

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by Caniko

Placed in the old flat of a deceased, famous Turkish actress - the kind adored to such an extent that sipping champagne from her slippers seemed the thing to do - named Cahide Sonku, this restaurant combines the decadence of the Old New Rome with the best staff attendance from the Ottoman court and the most delicious teasing of tastebuds to be found anywhere in the conquered world. Drag queen shows, waiters on your every limb, and dishes based on Turkish tradition but crosspollinated with inspiration from dozens of other cultures. Add to that a constant stream of Turkish celebrities (watch out for being chatted up by any number of gossip columnists patrolling there!), and you have found a place that is not only unique - REALLY unique - but known by only a select few (and you! - so far...). Oh, and did I mention the excellence of the service offered there?

Favorite Dish: Ask the waiter, and he will bring you a plate with a fantastic selection of hors d'oeuvres that include wine leaf dolmas, meatballs a la ON5, wan tons, prostitute manti (yes, that IS the original name!) and eggplant stuffed with mushroom. Smoking hot and fresh from the kitchen - and the perfect preparation for the amazing main courses. Do keep a corner or two available for the exquisite desserts, though...

And I have NO connection with the owners - I just WISH I did...

Address: Mesrutiyet cad.193/1 Tepebasi/Beyoglu/Istanbul
Price Comparison: more expensive than average
Directions: Across to Pera Palas Hotel.
Phone: 0212 2922425
Price: US$41 and up
Rating: 5
Theme: Eclectic/International

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Apr 14, 2005
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