New dining venue; IST on Istiklal.

For those who enjoy dining out at classy French look-alike bistros, I found a lovely place
on Istiklal Street down in Taksim (Beyoglu) called “IST – Istanbul, Istiklal – Cafe Patisserie Restaurant”.
This new place is a great choice for those who want to dine in style, fashionistas and socialites alike.

Don’t be fooled by the posh looks of “IST”, I found it affordable (lovely grilled chicken with various herbs and garlic, Chinese noodles and potato wedges for 10YTL). Lots of salad choices, have a look at the menu outside if you’d like to have a sneak peak at what you can expect inside.. There was a huge variety of desserts that I couldn’t stop glaring at, they looked wonderful.

Beige is the dominant color and it’s very soothing.
You can sit outside during summer and enjoy a refreshing meal whilst watching life go by on Istiklal or have dinner inside during winter in a cozy environment.

Location: Istiklal Street 10/12 Beyoglu. European side. Close to the French embassy.
Want to book in advance? : (0212) 251 79 44

2 Comments so far

  1. Dan (unregistered) on September 20th, 2005 @ 7:01 pm

    Sounds great, maybe one day i can try it out.

  2. Eren (unregistered) on October 11th, 2005 @ 6:11 pm

    The name of one chicken dish they had began “Rosemary, taym, ouregano, kekik and tiryaki soslu…” For the Turkish-illiterate, taym is thyme spelled as read in Turkish, kekik IS thyme and no one in Turkey knows the difference between the misspelled oregano and thyme. I bet “tiryaki soslu” meant teriyaki sauce (I am seriously willing to bet). Luckily, I only had coffee there. With such ignorant and careless owners/chef, I give the place 6 months before it closes down.

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