While Turkish food has always dominated Istanbul’s culinary scene, there are also some remarkable restaurants serving foreign cuisine that add distinct flavors.

Shang Palace

As the signature restaurant of Shangri-La Hotel, Shang Palace offers the most exquisite and authentic Chinese-Cantonese cuisine in Istanbul. From its dim sum menu to its tea masters, Shang Palace entertains their guests with excellent food and service. Open: Tue–Sun, noon–3pm (lunch); Mon-Sun, 6pm–11pm (dinner); Shangri-La Bosphorus Istanbul, Hayrettin İskelesi Sokak No.1, Beşiktaş; T: (0212) 275 88 88

Shang Palace

Pera Thai

Pera Thai has been a popular spot for authentic Thai cuisine since it opened in 2001. Sit on the terrace and try the homemade curries for a taste from Southeast Asia while enjoying Istanbul’s summer breeze. Reservations are required on weekends. Open: Mon–Sat, noon–11pm; Meşrutiyet Caddesi No.94, Tepebaşı; T: (0212) 245 57 25-26

Pera Thai

Zuma

Another international restaurant that relocated at İstinye Park is Zuma, the all-time favorite Japanese cuisine hotspot in Istanbul. Based on the dining style of izakaya—an informal Japanese pub for afterwork drinks—the restaurant offers contemporary Japanese dishes for sharing: including sushi and robata (similar to barbeque) grill services. Open: Daily, noon-midnight; İstinye Park, Katar Caddesi No.461, Sarıyer; T: (0212) 236 22 96

Zuma

Yako Sushi & Noodle

Humble in design as many Japanese restaurants tend to be, Yako Sushi & Noodle is located on the terrace floor of the 42 Maslak complex. It embraces the best of Japanese cuisine at a very reasonable price. Executive chef Sinan Damgacıoğlu was trained in Japan under chef Yoshihiro Murata, whose restaurants hold a total of seven Michelin stars. Be sure to try a fragrant bowl of ramen and explore the menu for new favorites. All dishes are available for takeaway and a delivery service is expected to start soon. Open daily 10am-10pm. 42 Maslak, Ahi Evran Caddesi No.6/153, Maslak; T: (0212) 801 77 00

Yako Sushi & Noodle

La Petite Maison

The Istanbul branch of La Petite Maison had relocated to İstinye Park and continues to serve an excellent Mediterranean and Niçoise menu. Adhering to fresh seasonal ingredients, the restaurant provides an inspiring and healthy reinterpretation of traditional French cuisine. Open: Daily, noon–11pm; İstinye Park, Katar Caddesi No.11, Sariyer; T: (0212) 232 02 32

La Petite Maison

Rejans 1924

It is said that Atatürk was a frequent guest of Rejans 1924, a restaurant founded in 1924 by Russians who fled the Bolshevik Revolution to Istanbul. Featuring authentic Russian cuisine and splendid cocktails along with wooden decor and traditional live music, the restaurant welcomes visitors to experience a nostalgic evening. Open: Mon-Sat, 6:30pm–11:00 pm; Istiklal Caddesi, Olivya Geçidi No: 7; T: (0212) 243 83 60

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