Mat­bah Restau­rant

Business Traveler (USA) - - IN­TER­NA­TIONAL DES­TI­NA­TION -

A short walk from the Basil­ica Cis­tern lies Mat­bah, which serves dishes that fol­low au­then­tic recipes served at the Tokapi Palace dur­ing the Ot­toman era.

The cui­sine is an in­trigu­ing fu­sion of Mid­dle Eastern, Mid­dle Asian, Balkan and nuts and spices.

Try the baked lamb shank on a bed of puréed aubergine served in a pas­try bowl (TL52/$25) – it is pre­pared the same way as it was in the 1400s. Take a seat on the open-air, sum­mer gar­den terrace to en­joy views over a sea of rooftops and domes in the heart of the city.

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