Monday, August 22, 2011

Two Great Restaurant Suggestions in Karakoy

I discovered a restaurant in Karakoy that I will add to my favorites in Istanbul for seafood.  Actually it turns out this restaurant and the one right next to it are my husband's favorite haunts while he is in Istanbul.  I was in the mood for seafood so I chose Karakoy Lokantasi but the one next door, Lokanta Maya, is supposed to be just as good. (Lokanta is Restaurant in Turkish.)

We were lucky enough to find a table out on the sidewalk since it was a warm summer night but the interior is truly lovely with blue tiles and a continental flair.

I don't want to name specific dishes because they were all very good.  To get the most out of your dining experience, you should take a look at the showcase and point to what catches your eye... I loved everything we ordered - the fried calamari, octopus salad, lakerda (pickled king fish) were to die for.

There seems to be a standard in most restaurants for meze prices - the mezes with vegetables or yogurt are around 5 to 7TL and the meze with seafood are from 15 to 20TL.
It was a fantastic meal with impeccable service.  I would definitely go back next time I am in town.

Karakoy Lokantasi
Kemankes Caddesi 37/A
Karakoy 34425
Istanbul - TURKEY
Tel:  +90 212 292 4455

Lokanta Maya, right next door to Karakoy Lokantasi, is a trendy restaurant that specializes in innovative, traditional Turkish Cuisine.  The chef, Didem Senol, who has studied at the French Culinary Institute in New York and worked at Le Cirque and Eleven Madison Park Restaurant before opening Lokanta Maya, also has a cookbook full of imaginative recipes using local herbs and produce for traditional favorites.  We have tried out some of her recipes with great success.

In order to show me what I had missed out on, my husband brought me here for desert, after our meal next door.  If the deserts are any indication, this is another place that should be on any self-respecting foodie's list for Istanbul.
Lokanta Maya
Kemankes Caddesi No. 35 A
Karakoy - Istanbul


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