我停下来这里的路上返回酒店快速午餐之前，我是被拾起的博斯普鲁斯我的游艇巡航。到了英语的人，名字多伊多伊may sound a bit ridiculous but in Turkish it means “full” which is an apt expression when talking about a restaurant that serves delicious皮德，土耳其式披萨，类似于船。
我点了一份配碎羊肉和炒蔬菜的。不是最好的PIDEI would have during my time in Turkey but it was still pretty good and only a block away from my hotel, the Eresin Crown.
Küçük Ayasofya, Şifa Hamamı Sk. No:13
Deraliye Ottoman Cuisine
When doing my restaurant research, I came across a lot of places offering “Ottoman fare,” meaning these modern-day restaurants serve the same type of food that would have been served to the sultan and his entourage during the glory days of the Ottoman Empire. As a bona fide foodie, this was of major interest to me. At Deraliye specifically, it’s noted that the chef sourced 375 recipes from the Imperial Archives.
I ended up making a reservation at Deraliye (it was between here or Matbah but from reviews I read, staff was noted as being friendlier and more attentive at the former and I found this to be the case). The outdoor dining space isn’t the greatest due to passing cars and other noise, but if you’re visiting during the warmer months (as I was), you’ll find it more agreeable than the interior space which felt like no air was circulating at all.
For my entree I ordered the stuffed apple (80 Turkish Lira or $14USD). This consisted of an oven baked apple stuffed with minced lamb, veal, rice, pine nuts, molasses, and currants. It was also delicious but other things that caught my eye were the stuffed melon and the goose kebab (can’t say I’ve ever had goose).
Just a note that if you’re in need of a break from土耳其票价, Deraliye does offer more standard Western dishes like fish and pasta.
至于甜点，我和土耳其果仁蜜饼. （如果你想知道是什么使这种烤肉与希腊不同，它用一种简单的糖浆代替蜂蜜来制造甜味。）我肯定更喜欢土耳其版本。我也点了土耳其冰淇淋which is Turkish mastic ice cream. This definitely took some getting used to, especially the chewing part.
All in all, it was a true treat to dine on dishes that would have once been served at a place like Topkapi Palace. If you’re looking for a unique dining experience when in Istanbul, Deraliye will definitely be it.
(Less than a five minute walk to Sultanahmet Square, site of the former Hippodrome of Constantinople)
菜单提供大陆票价以及一些Turkish favorites but with a very “Western” spin. Although I was sorely tempted by some of the appetizers (the braised artichoke brulee for starters, consisting of a zucchini flower stuffed with tomatoes, shaved zucchini, and brioche croutons), I ended up passing as I wanted to be able to fully enjoy my entree and of course, dessert. The chef did provide a delicious salmon amuse-bouche to begin.
I got a cocktail that had the prettiest presentation I’ve ever seen, (seriously, it resembled something Princess Jasmine would have drunk were she allowed to imbibe), but alas the taste was too much. I like rose water, but this honestly seemed like I was drinking nothing BUT rose water (I unfortunately forget the alcohol in the drink, but it was either vodka or gin, my two favorites).
For my entree, I ordered the lamb skewer which came with grilled tomato and pepper, and onion with sumac. I wanted something a little lighter and it was good enough, just a bit plainer tasting than I would have preferred.
My friend went with the grilled aged beef rib eye which was accompanied with shaved truffles, crispy potatoes, tomatoes concassé, and seasoned green onions with mustard beef juice. Now that entree compared to mine had a lot of flavor in the best of ways.
For dessert we tried both the hot chocolate cake with vanilla ice cream and the crispy “kadayif” which featured strawberry white chocolate and vanilla cream. Kadayif is finely shredded filo dough filled with walnuts which is baked in the oven then served with sugar syrup poured over it.
Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul at Sultanahmet
Tevkifhane Sk. No:1
This uber-touristy trap was located directly across the street from my hotel so after getting back from the 14 hour day trip to Gallipoli, it fit the bill.
Küçkuk Ayasofya，Gelinlik SokaıNo:8号
Patisserie de Pera, inside the Pera Palace Hotel
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