Arnavutköy Caddesi No. 50/1, Arnavutköy, Istanbul
- Recommended for:
- Couples, Culture vultures, Foodies, Singles, Design and architecture, Great views / scenery, People watching, Romance, Trendiness
Expert review of Abracadabra
Every floor of this four-storey mansion is different, with beautiful old tiles, unusually shaped chandeliers, and brightly patterned couches, and the fusion food is just as distinctive. It’s one of my favourite spots in the city.
With the chef’s focus on local, seasonal, and organic ingredients, the menu is always changing, but includes a mix of international fare such as duck confit and Thai noodles, as well as more Turkish-inspired flavours such as a hamsi (anchovy) tagine. Try not to fill up on the delicious homemade breads. Alcohol is served in the fully equipped bar.
I love a little bit of everything, so always enjoy ordering from the extensive menu of small plates such as salmon tartar “meatballs,” smoked Bosnian beef, and perfectly grilled octopus.
Relaxed during the day, lively at night.
The hip waiting staff can be a bit too laid-back.
A way up the Bosphorus from the central city, but worth the trek.
Main dishes range from 18 to 35 lira.
If the weather is nice, a wrought-iron table for two on one of the small upstairs balconies overlooking the Bosphorus is quite romantic.
More information on Abracadabra:
- Price guide:
- Bar, Café, Restaurant
- Fusion, International, Modern, Turkish
- Arnavutköy Caddesi No. 50/1, Arnavutköy, Istanbul
- 0212 358 60 87
- Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
- Opening times:
- Tue-Thu 10am-midnight, Fri-Sat 10am-late.
- Accepts Credit Cards:
- Essential at peak times