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

True Ottoman feast @ Asitane restaurant

Posted on 27 October 2011

It was with excited anticipation that I was re-visiting Asitane Restaurant.  Here in Edinerkapı, next door to one of the finest Byzantine churches, the Holy Saviour in Chora, I experienced my first culinary Ottoman history tour. With a table of good friends, I was about to take another ride back into the cuisine of the… Read more »

Kadıköy, a ‘foodies’ delight!

Posted on 18 August 2011

As a resident on the European side of Istanbul, the hustle and bustle becomes an integral part of every day life. One needs to escape and feel a sense of space and there is nothing like a relaxing ferry ride across the Bosporus to ease the tension of the working week. Half way through the… Read more »

Çiya restaurant: A gustatory adventure

Posted on 9 July 2011

The best place to enjoy Ottoman, Kurdish and Turkish dishes in Istanbul is Çiya on the Asian side of the Bosporus tucked within the Kadiköy neighborhood’s fish and vegetable bazaar. Actually there are three Çiya restaurants, all by the same proprietor. The oldest and coziest to have a meal with friends is the Çiya Sofrası. The… Read more »