The origin of the Turkish cuisine dates back to the golden age of the Ottoman Empire (1453-1566) when Istanbul was the center of culinary culture.
One of the renowned three cuisines The Turkish tribes that once took the long trek from Asia to Anatolia had carried with much success this rich culture which stemmed from the Far and which they had enriched with the materials gathered from every country along their pathway to their new homeland cradling so many civilisations.Turkish cuisine is largely the heritage of Ottoman cuisine, which can be described as a fusion and refinement of Central Asian, Middle Eastern and Balkan cuisines.It was quite logical that the culinary culture would receive its right place in this process.
The Ottomans fused various culinary traditions of their realm with influences from Middle Eastern cuisines, along with traditional Turkish elements from Central Asia (such as yogurt), creating a vast array of specialities many with strong regional associations.This was due to new produce and cooking techniques coming from vastly scattered imperial territories. The most common preparations are grilling or roasting, which produce the famous Turkish kebaps. Authentic Turkish food, with lots of eggplant, tomatoes, peppers, grilled kebabs and yogurt sauces.
Turkish cuisine includes beef, lamb or chicken, as well as all sorts of seafood. Especially in the western parts of Turkey, where olive trees grow abundantly, olive oil is the major type of oil used for cooking. The cuisines of the Aegean, Marmara and Mediterranean regions are rich in vegetables, herbs, and fish.
Meals in traditional Turkish restaurants start with a large selection of cold starters named meze. You can choose between fresh vegetables in olive oil, salads, white cheese, yogurt with herbs, sweet melon and many others. Hot appetizers include: soups, cheese rolls, pastry. As main dish you can choose meat kebab or Doner Kebab (yogurt and tomato sauce lamb meat).
Deserts are delicious: baklava type or pastry ones (flour dipped in rich syrup), milk pudding . At the end of your dinner we recommend you to drink a Turkish coffee.
For Traditional Ottoman Palace Cuisine ( Best Gourmet Restaurants Istanbul ) We would say:
It is located near the Chora Church in Edirnekapi. Asitane lies in the shadow of the mighty Chora Church which is one of the most important and well kept buildings of the Byzantine era and serves imperial Ottoman cuisine, incorportating Centeral Asitan, Anatolian, Middle Eastern and Balkan flavours. The restaurant, whose dishes reflect the eclectic nature of the Turco Ottoman neighbourhood. I would recommend to try “Gerdaniye, Lor cheese, Mutancana and Helatiye as dessert”
Kariye Camii Sokak No: 6 34240 Edirnekapi, Istanbul
Tel : +90 212 635 7997
Once a 19th century Ottoman police station, Feriye constitutes one of the rare examples of 19th century classical Ottoman architecture. The restaurant has a fantastic angle when looking towards the Bosphorus. The menu is mostly from the Ottoman cuisine; it was selected as, “The Best Turkish Cuisine” by 100 world famous gourmets.
Ciragan Cad. No: 40 Ortakoy, Istanbul
Tel : +90 212 227 22 16 - 212 227 22 17
Located in the Fish Market district of Kadikoy. Ciya like its name, brings to mind high mountain peaks and mountain flowers. The creators, will take you for a journey in their kitchen, rich in "dishes from a broad geographical space, spanning from Mesopotamia to the Ottomans, from the Balkans to the Caucasus and from Asia to the Arabian Peninsula.
Caferağa Mah.Güneşlibahçe Sk. No:43 Kadikoy (Asian Side Istanbul)
Tel : +90 216 330 31 90
The adventure of Haci Abdullah Restaurant started in 1888 and still survives from the master to the apprentice. Haci Abdullah Restaurant is a great symbol of Beyoglu’s history, and Ottoman hospitality still survives here. Here lightens history and memories. Visiting Beyoglu but not dropping by Haci Abdullah is not just missing something but beyond this, it means you do not really pass through Beyoglu. Because Haci Abdullah helps us to remember our forgotten values with its place, culinary, food and service. Haci Abdullah is the ultimate culinary destination for foodies wishing to satisfy their curiosity about authentic Turkish cuisine.
Aga Camii, Atif Yilmaz Cad. (Old Sakizagaci Cad.)
No: 9/A 80070
Tel : +90 212 293 85 61 - 212 293 08 51
KONYALI TOPKAPI PALACE RESTAURANT
Konyali has been serving celebrity royalty for more than 100 years. They reflect on traditional Turkish cuisine with a wide selection of appetizers and desserts. Some of the specialties of the house are Low temperature oven baked tandir lamb, aubergine caviar, borek and orange baklava should be tried. The Bosphorus views are priceless.
In the Topkapi Palace Museum
Tel : +90 212 513 96 96
"The most recommended turkish restaurants By Istanbul Trip Advisor."
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