Happy Monday lovelies!
Let’s start the week on a positive note, what better way than talking about food! Is there any thing better on earth than good food? OK maybe designer handbags, but food is definitely up there! I’m about to show you the 5 best restaurants in Istanbul! Be prepared for a very picture heavy post!
This was without a doubt my favourite restaurant I visited in Istanbul. If you only have time to visit one restaurant on my list, then this has to be it! The venue is beautiful, great customer service and most importantly traditional Turkish food. I visited Bazlama on my first full day in the city, we were searching for a nice local restaurant to eat breakfast and stumbled upon this little gem. We were immediately greeted by the owner (who was beautiful and very well dressed FYI). Bazlama is spread across 2 floors, so we choose to sit upstairs to enjoy the beautiful view. We ordered the traditional breakfast platter which included Menemen (scrambled eggs & tomatoes), dumplings with Chorizo, olives and a delicious platter of fresh fruit and cheese. Honestly if you ever visit Istanbul, this is my absolute top pick!
On the same day I visited Bazlama I also visited Banyan On the same evening. If you love fine dining, then you’ll definitely fall in love with Banyan. It’s a luxury 5* roof-top restaurant with a spectacular view of the beautiful Bosphorus. You need to make reservations in advance as it can become incredibly busy at night, as it’s one of the hotspots in Istanbul. Thai is one of my absolute favourite cuisines and as someone who has visited Thailand in the past I will admit that this is by far not the best Thai food I’ve had and isn’t very authentic, however the venue alone is worth visiting. They have an amazing cocktail bar at the at the back of restaurant with an amazing view overlooking the water. Definitely a romantic setting for couples.
Calling all fish lovers in the world! I died and went to fish heaven when I visited …. This was by far the most basic restaurant we visited in Istanbul, so for all my basics out there, this one’s for you lol. No in all honestly the interior is Japanese inspired, basic wooden benches and clean lines. More or less the Turkish version of Wagamama but with a completely different menu. What’s on the menu? Fish! You name it, they have it! Cod, Salmon, Monkfish, Calamari, Haddock etc. the biggest selling point for me was definitely the presentation, the dishes came out in mini cardboard boxes lined with paper just like a traditional chippie. …is cheap, cheerful and fun for all the family, definitely worth a visit.
The House Café
This is the only chain restaurant I visited in Istanbul. When you visit this city, you will see this restaurant pop up numerous times throughout different locations. House Café is a cool, young, chic restaurant, which is often a regular hangout for the locals. We visited on Sunday morning for breakfast; this was certainly the busiest venue I dined at during my trip. The menu has loads of dishes to offer and kindly has a good selection of both traditional Turkish cuisine and classic European cuisine. I ordered Menemen (again) and my friend ordered Eggs Benedict. The atmosphere was loud, fun and lively, a great way to start the day.
If you’re looking for authentic Turkish Cuisine, then look no further than Casita. Despite visiting the city 3 times already, I’m not the biggest fan of Turkish food. I know it sounds crazy but it has too many cold dishes and can sometimes be quite dry (I’m more of an Oriental cuisine lover). Bust as they say….When in Rome! I always try to have a few traditional meals when I’m visiting Istanbul so Casita is the perfect option. The menu is ginormous with a huge variety of dishes to choose from. The most popular dish served is Manta (meat wrapped in pastry, with yogurt on top) similar to ravioli. Not a favourite dish of mine, therefore I went for shish kebab and fries instead. Definitely a restaurant work checking out for simple, authentic Turkish cuisine.
I hope my first restaurant guide, has been helpful for you. If you’re thinking of heading to Istanbul, just do it! You won’t regret it!