Kantin

Price guide: Budget

Akkavak Sokak No. 30, Nişantaşı, Istanbul, 34365

Price guide: Budget

Kantin

By Jennifer Hattam, your Istanbul expert

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#15 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:
4.3
4.3
Location:
4.1
4.1
Value for money:
4.2
4.2
Recommended for:
Business travellers, Foodies, Singles, Relaxation, Trendiness

Expert review of Kantin

Bright and airy café serving fresh, seasonal food, and prepared meals to go.

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.

Food and drink: 

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.

Ambience: 

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.

Service: 

The friendly staff are knowledgeable and passionate about the restaurant’s Slow Food-influenced philosophy.

Location: 

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.

Price advice: 

Main courses range from 12 lira to 22.50 lira.

Tables to book: 

Weather permitting, grab a table out back in the shady garden.

More information on Kantin:

Price guide:
Budget
Type:
Café, Restaurant, Takeaway
Food:
Modern, Turkish
Address:
Akkavak Sokak No. 30, Nişantaşı, Istanbul, 34365
Telephone:
0212 219 31 14
Website:
http://www.kantin.biz
Serves:
Lunch, Dinner
Opening times:
Mon-Sat 11am-8.30pm.
Accepts Credit Cards:
Yes
Reservations:
Not necessary

Have you been to Kantin? Would you recommended it?