Istanbul - so much choice, so little time! 4 restaurants that showcase this city?
I am just beginning a search as i am arriving in instanbul in 2 weeks with my father and brother and have been salavating at the sound of all the lovely restaurants.
I am staying for 4 night, two in Beyoglu, then two on the Asian side. I would love some advice on where not to miss. We all LOVE fish, we arent fussy with any food types, and i would like turkish fare so i am not bothered about modern european cuisine or asian fusion, it would be great to mix it up , so with casual places and restaurants. We don't need glamour or fine dining, we all prerfer more authentic or edgier funky places where locals eat. Oh and I am obsessed with aubergine (eggplant), just thought I'd throqw that in too.
So far from my search i like the look of the following and would love opinions on them, and whether i need to reserve a table. I need to pick 4, and at the moment i cant tell which ones I should pick, I would really appriciate help:
Abracadabra (although i read that bad review so have been put off slightly)
Galata Bridge Fish Grills
Korfez or Poisedon (is it worth it? i am not going with my husband so dont need a romantc experience!)
tarihi selim usta sultanahmet
are any of these places on the Asian side? I would like to not have to travel back into town on the two nights we are there
thanks in advance!
My suggestion for 4 spots would be:
Asitane - Ottoman dishes cooked as per the original recipes of the sultan's chefs (Europe)
Ciya - South-Eastern Turkish fare and eccentric playing with funky veggies (Asia)
Murat Kelle Paça, or any other good backstreet eatery for kebab (Büyük Parmakkapi Sokak, Beyoglu, Europe)
Akintiburnu Balik - great fish, excellent starters, decent service and wonderful view (in Bebek, Europe)
Beyond those yet on the Asian side:
Lunch would be Halil Lahmacun at Kadikoy Market - Turkish pizza fantastic in its simplicity and flavor. For dinner you may want to head out to Moda for Koco, old-fashioned fish restaurant with a Greek touch or Victor Levi, old Istanbul wine house.
Happy eating in Istanbul!