General Yazgan Sokak, Tünel Geçidi İş Hanı 3/A, Asmalımescit, Beyoğlu, Istanbul
- Recommended for:
- Couples, Foodies, Singles, Nightlife, People watching, Trendiness
Expert review of Leblon
Made famous in Turkish director Cağan Irmak’s popular 2008 romance “Issız Adam,” Leblon doesn’t really need the star power as a draw – its food, atmosphere, and service all stand up well on their own.
All too often, when I see a menu in Istanbul that draws from many cuisines, the food is likely to disappoint, but Leblon’s chefs seem to successfully merge Turkish, Italian, Asian, and other influences with ease. The bar has a good wine list.
The mixed shish kebab is the most popular starter, but I like the trio of samosas, with fillings ranging from traditional ground beef to one made from caramelised onions, Roquefort cheese, walnuts, and spinach. Grilled meats and fish are always well-prepared, and the warm chocolate soufflé is a don’t miss for dessert.
The exposed-brick interior, with low arches creating a sense of separation between different parts of the restaurant, is attractive and intimate, good for a date or a lingering conversation. Late on Friday and Saturday nights, there’s more of a nightclub vibe.
Service is pleasingly attentive without being overbearing.
Leblon is set amidst one of Istanbul’s most bustling nightclub and restaurant districts.
Main courses range from 15 lira for the cheapest pasta to 35 lira for the most expensive beef dish.
More information on Leblon:
- Price guide:
- Bar, Restaurant
- Asian, International, Italian, Turkish
- General Yazgan Sokak, Tünel Geçidi İş Hanı 3/A, Asmalımescit, Beyoğlu, Istanbul
- 0212 252 86 36
- Lunch, Dinner
- Opening times:
- Sun-Thurs 10am-midnight, Fri-Sat 10am-2am.
- Accepts Credit Cards: