Akkavak Sokak No. 30, Nişantaşı, Istanbul, 34365
- Recommended for:
- Business travellers, Foodies, Singles, Relaxation, Trendiness
Expert review of Kantin
Small restaurants crafting simple but elegant food with seasonal and local ingredients are a dime a dozen in my hometown of San Francisco, but it’s a treat for me to find one in Istanbul. The neighbourhood residents and businesspeople who’ve made Kantin their daily lunch stop seem to agree.
The fresh, healthy menu changes from day to day, offering dishes such as sumac-spiced chicken, poached palamut (bonito), meatballs in sour sauce, or oven-baked pasta, along with a revolving repertorie of çıtır – paper-thin wood-oven pizzas topped with the likes of smoked salmon, rocket, and capers, or squash, pepper, onions, and cheese. There is no alcohol but try the selection of teas or a freshly squeezed lemonade.
The cosy interior is simple but spotless, with big mirrors, a chalkboard listing the specials of the day, a shelf of food books to browse, and bouquets of fresh flowers providing the main décor. Your table neighbours will probably be upscale Turks chatting or doing business over lunch.
The friendly staff are knowledgeable and passionate about the restaurant’s Slow Food-influenced philosophy.
In the heart of Nışantaşı, a trendy shopping and business district. There’s a Kantin shop downstairs selling sauces, ingredients, desserts, and prepared meals to go.
Main courses range from 12 lira to 22.50 lira.
Weather permitting, grab a table out back in the shady garden.
More information on Kantin:
- Price guide:
- Café, Restaurant, Takeaway
- Modern, Turkish
- Akkavak Sokak No. 30, Nişantaşı, Istanbul, 34365
- 0212 219 31 14
- Lunch, Dinner
- Opening times:
- Mon-Sat 11am-8.30pm.
- Accepts Credit Cards:
- Not necessary