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Körfez Cad. 78,
tel: +90 0216/413-4314
A memorable meal is never just about great food, which is a given at Körfez. Here, the success of the restaurant is directly related to the tone set by the chef and owner, Ömer, who manages to infuse a sense of family-style, casual elegance, without compromising time and labor-intensive recipes. Part of the romance is the setting, an intimate waterside summer patio tucked into a small cove on the Asian side of the Bosphorus, with unexpectedly tranquil views of the floodlit fortress of Rumeli and the Bosphorus Bridge. In winter, dinner is served in a dining room that could easily be mistaken for the Captain's private cabin, which also benefits from a complete wall of windows. Getting there is half the fun: Ömer dispatches the restaurant's private skiff to the docks near Rumeli Hisari on the European side. Some of Körfez's more teasing dishes are the signature salt-baked fish, a more complex grouper in a spicy Asian sauce, bonito "sushi," mackerel burgers with raisins and pistachios, and levrek buglama (sea bass in a broth with shiitake mushrooms, ginger, tomato, and thyme).
Cuisine: MODERN EUROPEAN
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