Located within the Sakıp Sabancı Museum complex, overlooking the waters of the Bosphorus, müzedechanga is a contemporary Turkish – Mediterranean restaurant offering a range of creative dishes. Following their success with Changa restaurant in Cihangir, owners Tarık Beyazıt and Savaş Ertunç got together with the Kiwi chef Peter Gordon in 2005 for another inventive culinary experience. Set in the gardens of the historical Atliköşk mansion, the terrace area is surrounded by grand old trees and chirping birds with sweeping views over the Bosphorus through the foliage. The interior was designed by the award winning Autoban Design team who have used natural oak, brass and copper toned features to create a modern Scandinavian feel with seating for 80 diners and space for a further 120 outside on the terrace.
There is a light all-day menu aimed at the museum visitors and in the evening the shift is towards fine dining with a selection of contemporary interpretations of Turkish dishes. It is difficult to select favorites from these refreshingly modern takes, however the Changa Sucuk – spicy sausage with pistachios and Hummus and the Grilled Octopus with Black Olive Paste and Caper Berry Sauce excels itself and from the mains the White Grouper on Barlotti Bean Puree with Mint and Green Chilli Salsa was also notable. The couscous is moist whilst the sweetness of the raisins and the tanginess of the lemon make a dazzling team. To end a delectable meal, the innovative dessert menu will have you salivating over some more difficult decisions and the Turkish coffee comes with freshly made Turkish delights.
Müzedechanga is ideal to enjoy great food, before or after walking around the museum, however it is also a perfect getaway for a unique brunch on the weekend (served from 10:30am-3pm). Items on the menu include assortments of cheeses, bread, olives and spreads such as walnut with pumpkin. Special dishes include Egg Stuffed Potato and Feta Cheese Fritter and Triangle Filo Pies Stuffed with Sucuk (Spicy Beef Sausage). Whether you choose to have a little drink with your meal, such as the Passimoza (passionfruit, orange juice, and Prosecco) or just stick to coffee, is up to you.
If you are combining your dining experience with a visit to the museum it is worth noting that during selected exhibitions the restaurant also teams up with the museum to offer unique menus themed around the artists' works. Previous menus have included, "If Monet Could Cook" to accompany the Monet's Garden exhibition and "Sculptural Tastes", inspired by Anish Kapoor's work. So for something different, be sure to check the restaurant and museum's media outlets for upcoming events. Ideal for any occasion, müzedechanga is a culinary experience that blends together Turkish dishes with an international flavor, art and a stunning view of the Bosphorus.
We’d love to give a list of recommended dishes, but everything at müzedechanga is unrivaled, so we suggest that you go there with a few friends and try a variety of their delicious dishes.