Istanbul, 2014-04-14

Wauw, wauw, wauw what a place. If you want to get to know the meaning of Turkish fine dining this is the place to be. It is situated in Nişantaşı which is one of the more posh areas in Istanbul. Here you can come for a lunch or early diner because they close around 21h so arrive around 19h30 the latest.

From the outside you wouldn’t expect the nice interior. It looks like a cosy french brasserie. You get a very friendly service and some of them speak English who can help with the translation of the menu which is written on the board. The reason they only write it on the board is because the menu daily changes. You can only get what is fresh that day. The chef knows how to combine a lot of different tastes on your plate.

I started with a kind of very crispy pizza with smoked salmon. Afterwards I continued with a fish stew which was very original in taste. At the end I had orange jelly desert. The good thing is that some of the products they use, you can buy in the shop downstairs.

This is the place to be for foodies and you can see the clients know about good food. During the week it is possible to go without a reservation but on friday and saturday you need a reservation. (Sunday it’s closed). Even when you are in Istanbul just for a couple of days, you should definitely visit Kantin and try Turkish fine dining.

They don’t sell alcohol in the restaurant BUT they have a homemade gingerale which you have to try. You will experience yourselves that they do everything with love.