This is easily one of the best upscale restaurants close to the Grand Bazaar, and a recommended destination for real foodies. Located on the fifth floor of the prestigious Armaggan antiques shop, it attracts a wealthy local crowd that knows its food. Situated one floor above the YESAM culinary arts center, it shares the same mission of preserving Turkish culinary traditions and rediscovering its regional variations. The décor may feel a little soulless, but you can dine outside on one of three terraces, surrounded by greenery in the summer months. Between noon and 3pm, there's a buffet table where you can select your own cold meze and salads to start before moving onto dishes such as lamb stew with fennel or sea bass cooked in parchment. A seasonal menu changes daily. The food here is representative of the rich and multilayered history of Turkey, with everything from Ottoman palace cuisine to regional village food on offer. Sample fresh artichokes cooked with wild green plums and broad beans for starters, fillet of beef with a quince ragout for a main, and poppy seed şekerpare (syrup-soaked semolina cake) for dessert. The wine list also showcases the best local brands. An attached shop sells its own line of Nar Gourmet products such as olive oils, condiments, molasses, and preserves.
5/F 65 Armaggan, Nuruosmaniye Cad.
Our Rating Neighborhood Nuruosmaniye Hours Mon-Sat noon-midnight Transportation Tram: Çemberlitas Phone 0212/522 2800 Prices TL14-TL60 Amenities
Map5/F 65 Armaggan, Nuruosmaniye Cad. Istanbul
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