Karaköy Lokantasi, a chic restaurant with divine meze

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Karaköy Lokantasi, a chic restaurant with divine meze

In a street parallel to the popular Karaköy pier filled with little food stalls, Karaköy Lokantasi is a favourite restaurant to many locals.

As you enter Karaköy Lokantasi, you will be immediately seduced by the beautiful interior. Though openly contemporary, the restaurant has preserved a local touch by using the wonderful turquoise blue of Turkish tiles. In the centre of the large dining room is a spiral staircase leading to another large dining room, giving the place the appearance of a French brasserie.

After greeting you at the entrance, the waitress leads you to your table stopping at the meze stall on the way. The menu, which changes daily, offers Ottoman cuisine with some creative touches. In addition to the cold or hot mezzes, try the manti – a kind of Turkish dumpling stuffed with lamb or ground beef and seasoned with spices—or a Sultan's Delight, an eggplant puree topped with lamb stew. To finish on a sweet note, order a mastic pudding sprinkled with cinnamon – mastic is a tree resin very common to Turkish cuisine. A delight!

Karaköy Lokantasi
Kemankes Cad. No 37/A
34425 Karaköy
Beyoglu
Istanbul

+90 212 292 44 55

Menu: around 75 TRY