Located on one of Cihangir’s liveliest streets is Journey, a cozy restaurant that reflects the character of the neighborhood that it’s located in: international, modern, and laid-back.
With comfy sofas, coffee tables, bookshelves filled with interesting books and magazines, Journey is truly a home away from home. And, accordingly so, both first-time customers and regulars feel relaxed and at ease.
The venue is often filled with familiar faces from Turkish TV shows and the big screen, as well as expats and locals who have apparently made Journey their second home.
There is something for everyone on the menu, from classic Turkish home-cooked meals with a twist to homemade pastas and pizzas, salads, and meat dishes. Although Journey is strictly a restaurant, meaning it doesn’t turn into a bar after hours like many of Istanbul’s restaurants, their cocktails are delicious. Journey could be your new stop before you head down to Kiki or another Cihangir bar.
Çimlendirilmiş Mercimekli Ilık Patates Salatası(warm potato salad with sprouted lentils)
Ev Usülü Yaprak Sarma (home-made stuffed vine leaves)
Keçi Peyniri, Fesleğen Pesto, domates, roka(goat cheese, basil pesto, tomato, and rocket) pizza
Fıstıklı Sebze ve Bulgur Pilavı(vegetables and bulgur rice with pine nuts)
Fırında Ballı Kuzu Budu (roasted lamb shank with honey)
Dana Pirzola (beef chops)
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