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Mesrutiyet Caddesi 167/185, ,br>Istanbul
Tel: +90 212/251-4646
Chef Mehmet Gurs, with his Turkish-Nordic menu, is the closest thing Istanbul has to a celebrity chef. The star dish is cherry-wood smoked lamb loin and white bean purée with walnut and kasar cheese, giving Turkey’s ubiquitous meat the Swedish treatment by smoking it. Dining at this restaurant is like boarding an airplane. First, you must go through a metal detector in the lobby of the Marmara Pera Hotel. Then, you ascend to the top floor, where the panoramic views make you feel as though you're soaring above clouds. And the atmosphere is strictly first class: modern Scandinavian décor, a D.J. booth and a stylish crowd. The menu, however, is nothing like air travel: figs with prosciutto and Gorgonzola; lamb entrecôte with apricot confit; star anise and fennel-pear terrine with basil ice cream.
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