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The Eater Istanbul Heatmap: Where to Eat Right Now

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Today, for the first time, Eater turns to Istanbul, Turkey, and focus on eight newish locales that have been garnering serious buzz. For this installment, food writer, blogger, and dining app editor Katie Parla — who has also provided her expertise for the Eater Rome heatmap — shares her picks for a city that she knows so well she recently released a new app: Katie Parla's Istanbul.

Among the map's offerings, Parla writes, is a revamped menu that now derives its inspiration from Anatolia rather than Europe (Mikla), a French restaurant in a Philippe Starck-designed space (Mama Shelter), plus "avant-garde Turkish cuisine" from a restaurant that opened just last month (Gile Restaurant). Here now, the Eater Heatmap to Istanbul:


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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Mikla Restaurant

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Meşrutiyet Cad. Tepebaşı, Beyoğlu, İstanbul
Türkiye 34430, Turkey
+90 212 293 5656
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Chef Mehmet Gürs gained acclaim for his Turkish-Finnish dishes in his fine dining restaurant in the Marmara Pera Hotel. From 2005 to 2012, Mikla served food that blended the chef's dual nationalities, but recently, with the help of a cultural historian and consultant, Mikla's menu has been revamped and now draws deeper inspiration from Anatolia than from Europe in a style dubbed the "new Anatolian kitchen."[Photo]

2. Sekiz Istanbul

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Kuloğlu Mah.
İstanbul, Turkey
+90 212 249 8924
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Located on the ground floor of the 8 İstanbul Suites, chef Maksut Aşkar's restaurant serves modern dishes, which are mostly winners. The menu changes with the seasons, so in the winter, look for beetroot and bulgur, while in the warmer months there is fresh broad bean and green chickpea hummus with sea bream ceviche.[Photo]

3. Alex's Bar

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gönül sokak 7/A, istanbul
beyoğlu, Turkey

Alex Waldman, an American cocktail expert and long-time İstanbul resident, mixes excellent drinks at this tiny bar in Asmalımescit. Since Turkey’s liquor supply is dominated by industrial brands, his drinks employ the country's strengths: herbs, spices, and produce. There are dozens of bottles of homemade bitters and syrups; garnishes are procured from the Ekolojik Pazar in Bomonti.[Photo: perennialplate/instagram]

4. Kantin Dükkan

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Bebek Mh., Cevdet Paşa Caddesi No:43
34450 Beşiktaş/Istanbul Province, Turkey

At Kantin Dükkan in Bebek, you will find some of the same prepared foods, baked goods, and sauces that are sold at Kantin's Nişantaşı branch. But at the Bebek location, which opened opposite the Bebek Park in April 2013, you can also order breakfast, filter coffee, and sandwiches, which can be enjoyed on benches outside or at the high counter inside the shop. Try the grilled cheese made with sheep's milk kaşar cheese, pickled red onions, and mustard. Breakfast is served from 8:30-10:30 a.m.[Photo]

5. Meşhur Filibe Köftecisi

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Hoca Paşa Mh. Ankara Cd. No:112, Sirkeci, Fatih
İstanbul, Turkey
+90 212 519 3976

The long-established grill master Ziver Usta recently retired from this simple meatball shop near Sirkeci Station and the Spice Bazaar. There is a new man at the coals, but the menu hasn't changed. At Filibe, you can still expect satisfying grilled meatballs served with a white bean and shredded carrot salad.[Photo]

6. Mama Shelter

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İstiklal Caddesi No:50-54
Istanbul, Turkey
+90 212 252 0100
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Atop the Demirören Mall in Beyoğlu, the Philippe Starck-designed Mama Shelter hotel is home to a restaurant of the same name that bills itself as French, though pizza is served and the wine list is all over the map. The menu, which was designed by Alain Senderens and Jérôme Banctel, is executed by Swiss-trained chef Murat Artukmaç from an open-plan kitchen.[Photo]

7. Flamingo İstanbul

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Asker Ocağı no:1
Istanbul, Turkey
+90 212 232 6868
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Italian-trained chef Emre Şen, the executive chef of the Lavanda boutique hotel in Şile, has taken the reins of the brand new Flamingo in the Intercontinental Hotel near Taksim. The Italo-centric menu seeks to offer something for everyone, from pizza and pasta to carpaccio and veal cutlets. On the weekends, the restaurant does double duty as a cocktail bar and club.[Photo]

8. Gile Restaurant

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Gile Restaurant, which opened in Beşiktaş in April, is among the newest and most promising additions to Istanbul's dining scene. Posited as "avant-garde Turkish cuisine," the restaurant's chefs Üryan Doğmuş and Cihan Kıpçak use modern techniques and traditional ingredients to create unconventional flavors and texture contrasts.[Photo]

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1. Mikla Restaurant

Meşrutiyet Cad. Tepebaşı, Beyoğlu, İstanbul, Türkiye 34430, Turkey

Chef Mehmet Gürs gained acclaim for his Turkish-Finnish dishes in his fine dining restaurant in the Marmara Pera Hotel. From 2005 to 2012, Mikla served food that blended the chef's dual nationalities, but recently, with the help of a cultural historian and consultant, Mikla's menu has been revamped and now draws deeper inspiration from Anatolia than from Europe in a style dubbed the "new Anatolian kitchen."[Photo]

Meşrutiyet Cad. Tepebaşı, Beyoğlu, İstanbul
Türkiye 34430, Turkey

2. Sekiz Istanbul

Kuloğlu Mah., İstanbul, Turkey

Located on the ground floor of the 8 İstanbul Suites, chef Maksut Aşkar's restaurant serves modern dishes, which are mostly winners. The menu changes with the seasons, so in the winter, look for beetroot and bulgur, while in the warmer months there is fresh broad bean and green chickpea hummus with sea bream ceviche.[Photo]

Kuloğlu Mah.
İstanbul, Turkey

3. Alex's Bar

gönül sokak 7/A, istanbul, beyoğlu, Turkey

Alex Waldman, an American cocktail expert and long-time İstanbul resident, mixes excellent drinks at this tiny bar in Asmalımescit. Since Turkey’s liquor supply is dominated by industrial brands, his drinks employ the country's strengths: herbs, spices, and produce. There are dozens of bottles of homemade bitters and syrups; garnishes are procured from the Ekolojik Pazar in Bomonti.[Photo: perennialplate/instagram]

gönül sokak 7/A, istanbul
beyoğlu, Turkey

4. Kantin Dükkan

Bebek Mh., Cevdet Paşa Caddesi No:43, 34450 Beşiktaş/Istanbul Province, Turkey

At Kantin Dükkan in Bebek, you will find some of the same prepared foods, baked goods, and sauces that are sold at Kantin's Nişantaşı branch. But at the Bebek location, which opened opposite the Bebek Park in April 2013, you can also order breakfast, filter coffee, and sandwiches, which can be enjoyed on benches outside or at the high counter inside the shop. Try the grilled cheese made with sheep's milk kaşar cheese, pickled red onions, and mustard. Breakfast is served from 8:30-10:30 a.m.[Photo]

Bebek Mh., Cevdet Paşa Caddesi No:43
34450 Beşiktaş/Istanbul Province, Turkey

5. Meşhur Filibe Köftecisi

Hoca Paşa Mh. Ankara Cd. No:112, Sirkeci, Fatih, İstanbul, Turkey

The long-established grill master Ziver Usta recently retired from this simple meatball shop near Sirkeci Station and the Spice Bazaar. There is a new man at the coals, but the menu hasn't changed. At Filibe, you can still expect satisfying grilled meatballs served with a white bean and shredded carrot salad.[Photo]

Hoca Paşa Mh. Ankara Cd. No:112, Sirkeci, Fatih
İstanbul, Turkey

6. Mama Shelter

İstiklal Caddesi No:50-54, Istanbul, Turkey

Atop the Demirören Mall in Beyoğlu, the Philippe Starck-designed Mama Shelter hotel is home to a restaurant of the same name that bills itself as French, though pizza is served and the wine list is all over the map. The menu, which was designed by Alain Senderens and Jérôme Banctel, is executed by Swiss-trained chef Murat Artukmaç from an open-plan kitchen.[Photo]

İstiklal Caddesi No:50-54
Istanbul, Turkey

7. Flamingo İstanbul

Asker Ocağı no:1, Istanbul, Turkey

Italian-trained chef Emre Şen, the executive chef of the Lavanda boutique hotel in Şile, has taken the reins of the brand new Flamingo in the Intercontinental Hotel near Taksim. The Italo-centric menu seeks to offer something for everyone, from pizza and pasta to carpaccio and veal cutlets. On the weekends, the restaurant does double duty as a cocktail bar and club.[Photo]

Asker Ocağı no:1
Istanbul, Turkey

8. Gile Restaurant

Turkey

Gile Restaurant, which opened in Beşiktaş in April, is among the newest and most promising additions to Istanbul's dining scene. Posited as "avant-garde Turkish cuisine," the restaurant's chefs Üryan Doğmuş and Cihan Kıpçak use modern techniques and traditional ingredients to create unconventional flavors and texture contrasts.[Photo]

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