While many eateries on the Asian side of Istanbul have a familiar feeling, Neni Brasserie, which debuted in Caddebostan, fits into the local niche while bringing something new to the table.
As its name suggests, Neni is reminiscent of a casual French bistro found on the corner of almost every street in Paris. It is an ideal place for a breakfast, mid-day coffee and newspaper break, lunch with friends, or an evening family get-together. Vintage interiors and soothing jazz give the location a welcoming and comforting feeling. There is also a spacious outdoor seating area—a must for garden-crazed Istanbullites.
The menu, like the ambiance, goes well for any time of the day. Here one can find a light salad for lunch, plates to share for a gathering with friends, comfort food for cold winter days, snacks to go with a tasty glass of wine, and desserts for a sweet-tooth craving. Several recipes on the menu were collected by the owners during their international travels. The delicious and fragrant Sostanza-style chicken—a signature dish from one of Florence’s finest trattorias—is one such dish and a must. The extensive casserole menu includes roasted feta cheese served as a starter and stuffed meatballs in a tomato basil sauce. If you are in the mood for a lighter option, try a salad made with seasonal ingredients, as well as well-known classics such as the Cobb or Caesar.
Leaving room for dessert is a must when visiting this establishment. Pot de Crème is rich, delicious, and everyone’s instant favorite. Crème brûlée has an extra layer on top for the ultimate cracking effect, while the wild fruit compote beautifully recalls the sweetness of pavlova.
Visits to Neni are further incentivized with their competitive prices, with all items on the menu below 50 TL a plate and carafes of house wines for around 70 TL.
All these classics are reasons enough to visit Neni again and again.
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