Mikla

Price guide: Expensive

Meşrutiyet Caddesi No. 15, Beyoğlu, Istanbul, 34430

Price guide: Expensive

Mikla

By Jennifer Hattam, your Istanbul expert

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#1 of 40
expert-rated restaurants in Istanbul
Expert overall rating:4.8 out of 5
Food and drink:
4.8
4.8
Ambience:
4.7
4.7
Service:
4.8
4.8
Location:
4.6
4.6
Value for money:
4.2
4.2
Recommended for:
Business travellers, Couples, Foodies, Honeymooners, Great views / scenery, Romance, Special occasions, Trendiness

Expert review of Mikla

One of Istanbul’s best restaurants, with a stunning view to match.

Owned by a chef who helped pioneer Istanbul’s modern restaurant scene, Mikla is the best restaurant I’ve eaten at in Istanbul, combining well-prepared and innovative food with attentive service, an appealing environment, and an amazing view.

Food and drink: 

Chef Mehmet Gürs blends his Turkish and Scandinavian heritage to create a menu focused on perfectly cooked meats and fish, including dishes that fuse the two cuisines, such as gravlax with a yogurt and cucumber froth, or raw grouper with kalamata olives and lemon. There is a full bar with an extensive wine list; foreign wines are priced sky-high (not unusual for Turkey), but the staff can recommend a good bottle of Turkish wine that suits your budget.

Recommended dishes: 

Beef-lovers rave about the tenderloin; I’m partial to the pistachio-crusted lamb chops with confit onions, pistachio puree, potato terrine, and pomegranate molasses.

Ambience: 

Low light and dark woods warm up the sleek, chrome-heavy interior. The restaurant draws a mix of couples, businesspeople, and groups celebrating special occasions.

Service: 

Formal and very attentive; I found the waiting staff to be quite knowledgeable.

Location: 

The setting on the rooftop of The Marmara Pera in central Beyoğlu affords stunning views.

Price advice: 

Main dishes range from 44 to 71 lira. A tasting menu is 210 lira with drinks, or 140 lira without.

Tables to book: 

Get a window seat or a table on the outside terrace (in season) to best enjoy the view.

More information on Mikla:

Price guide:
Expensive
Type:
Bar, Restaurant
Food:
Fusion, Mediterranean, Modern, Scandinavian, Turkish
Address:
Meşrutiyet Caddesi No. 15, Beyoğlu, Istanbul, 34430
Telephone:
0212 293 5656
Website:
http://www.miklarestaurant.com
Serves:
Lunch, Dinner
Opening times:
Mon-Sat 6pm-11.30pm.
Accepts Credit Cards:
Yes
Reservations:
Essential at peak times

Have you been to Mikla? Would you recommended it?