Established in 2000, Karaköy Lokantası has long been a favorite with in-the-know Istanbulites. Located on a small street behind the Karaköy shipping docks, just a stone’s throw away from the Bosphorus, Karaköy Lokantası is known for offering consistently-delicious Turkish cuisine at reasonable prices. This family-run restaurant is one of the most popular lunchspots in the neighborhood with local businessmen, while in the evening the atmosphere is more that of a meyhane (Turkish tavern) with a range of alcoholic drinks on offer.
The menu changes daily, but lunchtime favorites often include the hünkar beğendi, a dish of slow-cooked beef served on a bed of smoky eggplant puree, and ızgara süt kuzu pirzola (grilled baby lamp chops). For dinner, there is a wide variety of meze options, as well as grilled fish and meat dishes, and tenderly-grilled octopus. Karaköy Lokantası makes a yogurt that is rich, creamy, and slightly tangy, and comes served in small clay pots. For dessert, a number of classic Turkish options are available, including baklava and vişne soslu muhallebi (milk pudding topped with sour cherry sauce).
Tips: Due to its popularity we recommend making reservations a few days in advance. Also, be advised that the restaurant's kitchen is closed between 4-6pm between lunch and dinner services.
Hünkar beğendi (slow-cooked beef served on a bed of smoky eggplant puree)
Izgara süt kuzu pirzola (Grilled baby-lamb chops)
Arctichoke hearts with olive oil
Spinach roots with olive oil
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