The Waterfront Café of Sumahan Hotel, which is housed in a restored alcohol factory dating back to 1875 situated along the coastline in Çengelköy, has updated its menu with the arrival of its new chef, Burçak Ersen. The café, which has indoor and outdoor seating, is both upscale and down-to-earth, offering top-notch service, excellent food, and a soothing view in a modern, unpretentious setting. The outdoor seating area is located right next to the sea, and the sounds of the waves and the sight of small boats, away from Istanbul’s humdrum, feel like a haven in the middle of the city.
The menu, which will continue to be offered until end of October, includes specialties from Turkish, Mediterranean, and international cuisines, with a heavy focus on seafood, befitting the café’s waterside location. Lighter dishes fill the menu, such as gazpacho and grilled shrimp. Local as well as international dishes live up to their name, such as the meze platter, the delicate yoğurtlu beğendi kebap (grilled beef fillets and meatballs served on top of eggplant purée, drizzled with yogurt and tomato sauce), mantı (Turkish-style dumplings), and herb-roasted chicken with corn purée. A small but ambitious dessert menu includes a remarkable Panna Cotta, made with mastic, and Sumahan’s own version of baklava, which is similar to a cinnamon roll and is served warm. Kule Caddesi No. 51 Sumahan Hotel, Çengelköy; P: (0216) 422 80 00