Cercis Murat Konağı

Price guide: Mid-range

Yazmacı Tahir Sokak No. 22, Suadiye, Istanbul

Price guide: Mid-range

Cercis Murat Konağı

By Jennifer Hattam, your Istanbul expert

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#16 of 40
expert-rated restaurants in Istanbul
Expert overall rating:4.5 out of 5
Food and drink:
4.5
4.5
Ambience:
4
4.0
Service:
4.5
4.5
Location:
3.8
3.8
Value for money:
4
4.0
Recommended for:
Couples, Foodies, Mature travellers, Escaping the crowds, Romance, Special occasions

Expert review of Cercis Murat Konağı

Specialities from south east Turkey in a white-tablecloth atmosphere.

The Istanbul branch of a well-regarded restaurant in the south east town of Mardin doesn’t have the original’s atmosphere – a beautiful old stone mansion overlooking the Syrian plain – but it faithfully recreates the food in an elegant setting.

Food and drink: 

Traditional takes on south east cooking, including hearty dishes such as kaburga dolması, slow-cooked lamb ribs stuffed with almonds, onions, and spices. Alcohol is served, as is the bitter mirra coffee found in Mardin, a taste I haven’t yet acquired.

Recommended dishes: 

With 10 different dips and small salads served in copper ayran ladles, I think the appetizer tray is a must to taste the distinctiveness of the regional cuisine, in which pomegranates, walnuts, and capers play key roles.

Ambience: 

The large dining room is elegant, if a bit cavernous, and full of well-to-do Turks.

Service: 

Service is extremely attentive and very formal; the waiters even bring rose water in a decorative bowl to pour over your fingers at the end of the meal.

Location: 

Located near the water on the Asian side of the city, the restaurant is remote from the main tourist areas, but reachable fairly easily on the fast sea-bus from Kabataş.

Price advice: 

Main dishes are around 25 lira.

More information on Cercis Murat Konağı:

Price guide:
Mid-range
Type:
Restaurant
Food:
Traditional, Turkish
Address:
Yazmacı Tahir Sokak No. 22, Suadiye, Istanbul
Telephone:
0216 410 92 22
Website:
http://www.cercismurat.com
Serves:
Lunch, Dinner
Opening times:
Every day noon-midnight.
Accepts Credit Cards:
Yes
Reservations:
Suggested

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