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Akarsu Caddesi No. 21/A, Cihangir

Daily: 9.00am–2.00am

A newcomer on the scene, this charming two-storey establishment has a welcoming, homely (there are books everywhere) atmosphere. Friends meeting for lunch, dinner or drinks, and freelancers on their Macbooks can be seen from morning well into the night. The communal table on the second floor offers a calm reprieve from the more lively scene downstairs.

The menu, which changes from time to time, is, like many things in the neighbourhood, Turkish-inspired but with a strong European twist. The roasted lamb shank, for example, is cooked in honey and served with mashed potato. The lamb pie is cooked in borek (traditional Turkish pastry) pastry with dill and peas inside. The pizzas are made with rye dough. The chicken is organic and perfectly marinated. There are some interesting salads as well, such as a celery and buckwheat (which is hard to find in Istanbul) salad served with coriander and spinach.

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