Istanbul is unique. It is the only city in the world where two continents meet. Enjoy old and new in the cultural capital of Turkey with Istanbul expert Marc Guillet

Culinary creativity @ Ferahfeza restaurant

Posted on 21 July 2014

Karaköy was once a prominent place of Armenian and Greek traders, businessmen, restaurants, shops and churches. I see new galleries opening, new restaurants popping up in old restored and renovated buildings, and lots of constructing going on. It is becoming a cool new hood very fast. Restaurant Ferahfeza is the latest example of this ongoing… Read more »

Restaurant ‘Hot Plate’, love for food

Posted on 4 June 2014


 ‘Hot Plate’ is their name. And ‘Lezzet Aşkı’ is their slogan. It means ‘Love for Food’. A lovely restaurant in business district Levent, next to one of the back doors of shopping mall Kanyon. Love for food is exactly what you experience when you go there for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Love for food is the… Read more »

Dishes from Ottoman palaces

Posted on 26 May 2014

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By Eda Togan Asitane is  a restaurant I have always heard about but never had chance to visit until last week!  There are many restaurants that claim to serve ottoman cuisine in Istanbul. However I think Asitane is unique, because they serve food from the Ottoman palaces. Our group of foodie friends had a specially… Read more »

Quality fish feast @ Balıkçı Lokantası

Posted on 9 May 2014

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In the backstreets of Kadıköy, lies an unassuming fish restaurant called Balıkçı Lokantası. Opposite the Sok Supermarket in Teyyareci Sami Sokak, a street parallel to the Kabataş/Kadıköy Iskele (Ferry Terminal) and with an amazing mural just one hundred metres to the left on the same side as the restaurant, you will find this place. We… Read more »

Open Kitchen dining @ Grand Hyatt’s 34

Posted on 7 May 2014

The last time I dined at the Grand Hyatt it was to taste the Asian fare of a visiting Vietnamese chef. Wow, what a metamorphosis! The newly refurbished restaurant simply called 34, has been transformed into an open kitchen design format, featuring traditional Turkish and Mediterranean cuisines. For an avid foodie such as myself, this… Read more »

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