Fantastic view of the Bosphorus with great traditional Turkish food. Wide selection of Turkish wines. Both the kebabs and the Mediterrenean dishes are sumptuous. Good service.
Great food,superb service.Highly recommended.Fairly central location,Menu has great stuff and none of the items surprised us.We will keep on going for sure.
Easily one of the better restaurants I have been to in Istanbul in recent years – that said, this Harbiye branch, located within the Lütfi Kırdar Convention and Exhibition Center, is very much a classic, having been on the Istanbul fine dining scene for a while. Tastefully decorated to appeal to business people (and politicians from what I hear) rather than tourists it has an large indoor, as well as an expansive outdoor seating area from where you get a good view of Maçka Park…and a peak of the Bosporus. The food, best described as a combination of Classic and Ottoman, is nothing short of fantastic. On this occasion I had the Konya-style Roasted Lamb Shank which comes served with a beautifully-smokey flavoured Eggplant Puree and Rice – OMG! talk about fall off the bone tender – this was must try amazing. My colleagues chose the Iskender Kebap, which I also tried – Wow! Apart from the wonderfully flavoursome Baby Veal Meat Doner and the rich, tangy tomato sauce I love the fact that the Pita Bread is toasted, adding a crunch to each bite. And then there is the Yogurt which I am sure, is made in heaven. As you can tell I love the food here. And then there are the deserts…oh God, the deserts are unbelievable. I have a weakness for Turkish Künefe…and Baklava. And Borsa does both really, really well. In fact their Charcoaled Künefe, served with a dollop of cream (also made in heaven) and crushed Pistachio, is one of the best I have had – ever. I stole a bite of my friend’s Gaziantep-style Baklava; nice but not a taste I’m familiar with – he loved it. Sadly I was too far away from my other friend, who was oohing and aahing over the Borsa-style Fig & Date Pudding to try some without disturbing table etiquette, but from the noises he was making it must have been good. I found service very business class – efficient and attentive. It wouldn’t hurt their staff to smile once in a while. But in all honesty that’s just me nit-picking – Bottom-line is that I thoroughly enjoyed my