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

Dining in Park Hyatt Hotel

Posted on 1 August 2014

A visit to the Maçka Palas never disappoints. Otherwise known as the Park Hyatt, this beautiful luxury hotel invites you in with its stylish décor and professional service. This time, I had a date with the Terrace restaurant and the Food & Beverage Group organised by René Ames. After the initial meet and greet, a… 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 »

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 »

Şans restaurant, hidden in Levent

Posted on 10 April 2014

I had a lovely dinner with Turkish and expat friends in Şans, a very nice and old restaurant. It is located in a villa tucked away in a residential area of the financial district Levent, a couple of streets away from the Kanyon shopping mall. I liked the quiet atmosphere in this hidden gem and the… Read more »

Wine bar Solera, modern and cozy

Posted on 2 June 2012

 Wine bar is not a new phenomenon in Istanbul. They came here to the shores of the Bosporus with the first Greeks in 685 B.C. You could drink several wines and have some food in their tavernas in Byzantium/Constantinople from the first days they set foot on these lands. Viktor Levi – Viktor Levi Sarap… Read more »