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 waiters were very professional.
This is NOT a tourist restaurant serving tourist food, but a fine dining experience; offering international food with a touch of Turkey. Şans is a member of the International Association of Gastronomy, Chaîne des Rôtisseurs, founded in Paris in 1950. The Chaîne is based on the traditions and practices of the old French royal guild of goose roasters, whose authority gradually expanded to the roasting of all poultry, meat and game. It is dedicated to fine cuisine. The association promotes and develops the gastronomic values while at the same time widening its focus to table art.
So arriving at this restaurant we were expecting good quality food and wines. And we were not disappointed at all! The food was delicious and they served good wines from Doluca, in my opinion the best wines of Turkey.
The menu we had was: Turkish sparkling wine, a Rose with the name Rosaline. A very fresh, dry and fruity “Turkish champagne”. I recommend it to all to try. The first dish was a seafood soup; the best seafood soup I have tasted in Turkey. It was served with a white wine, DLC Sultaniye Emir 2012. This wine was a little too light for the soup. I would have chosen a Sarafin Sauvinong Blanc.
The next dish was Fresh Spinach Roots cooked in olive oil, very nice with a perfect choice of wine, Sarafin Fume Blanc 2012. The next dish was Chanterelle mushroom Risotto with goose liver. Very good and again I appreciated the wine that was served with it, Tuğra Öküzgözü, 2011.
The main course was a fantastic slow cooked beef rib, so soft it melted on your tongue served with grilled vegetables, and red wine, Signum 2011, served at the right temperature. Wonderful!
We finished this delicious dinner in style: a Shiraz flavored roasted pear, served with Safir 2011 wine and an Espresso as a finale. This has been an evening I will remember and a place I will go again and again.
Review by Odd Rune Gjerstad