Istanbul Modern Dining
Food nerd here looking for the best modern take on Turkish food. Usually I'm scared away by dining in hotels given the lack of atmosphere and markup in prices.
5) La Mouette
Other suggestions? Which place is the most edgy?
I already have meyhanes and lokantas picked out, so just looking for something different here.
Yes the one on Tarlabasi.
They have three types of tripe soup
One the tripe is sort of ground up, the second is the same soup with whole pieces of gras double, and the third, a bit more expensive, is the thick pieces of tripe with a richer and far better soup IMVHO.
The first time l got #1, and #3, all other times nothing but #3
I went to Gile Restaurant for a birthday dinner in November 2013, and it was excellent. Wine pairings were quite strong (a rarity in Istanbul), and the flavors were fresh and exciting.
It's worth seeking this place out! They take great pride in what they do, and it's not at all a tourist place. There sadly weren't ton of people when I was there last winter, but hopefully things have picked up - it'a a real gem.