Asitane: "Ottoman cuisine" Istanbul Ili Restaurant Tip by marktynernyc

Istanbul Ili Restaurants: 48 reviews and 91 photos

Located next to St. Chora (must see Byzantine mosaics and frescos) - specializes in Ottoman cuisine. A neutral toned understated dining room. The dishes are very different than regular Turkish cuisine - some of the dishes on the menu were from a sultan's circumcision fete. The dishes were more complex and subtly spiced. One friend ordered smoked aubergine - which was delicious and beautifully presented. My other friend had a hummus dish that incoporated cinnamon and raisins - very interesting. I had stuff grape leaves with sour cherry - the sour cherry was overwhelmed by the vinegar. We all had various lamb dishes. I would recommend this place - and will definitely come back next time I'm in Istanbul.

Address: Kariye Camii Sokak No. 18 34240, Edirnekapi
Price Comparison: more expensive than average
Directions: located in the neighborhood, Edirnekapi, next to St. Chora in the Kariye Hotel
Phone: +90 212 635 79 97
Price: US$11-20
Rating: 3
Theme: Other
Website: http://www.kariyeotel.com

Review Helpfulness: 2.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Nov 4, 2003
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