Abracadabra

Address: Arnavutköy Caddesi No. 50/1, Arnavutköy, Istanbul, Turkey
Telephone: 0212 358 60 87

- Mid-range

4.8

Innovative food in a beautiful old wooden house along the Bosphorus.

Every floor of this four-storey mansion is different, with beautiful old tiles, unusually shaped chandeliers, and brightly patterned couches, and the fusion food is just as distinctive. It’s one of my favourite spots in the city.

Food and drink
4.8
90%
Service
4
90%
Food and drink
4.8
90%
Value for money
4.3
90%
Ambience
4.8
90%
Location
4.2
90%

Food and drink

With the chef’s focus on local, seasonal, and organic ingredients, the menu is always changing, but includes a mix of international fare such as duck confit and Thai noodles, as well as more Turkish-inspired flavours such as a hamsi (anchovy) tagine. Try not to fill up on the delicious homemade breads. Alcohol is served in the fully equipped bar.

Recommended dishes

I love a little bit of everything, so always enjoy ordering from the extensive menu of small plates such as salmon tartar “meatballs,” smoked Bosnian beef, and perfectly grilled octopus.

Ambience

Relaxed during the day, lively at night.

Service

The hip waiting staff can be a bit too laid-back.

Location

A way up the Bosphorus from the central city, but worth the trek.

Price advice

Main dishes range from 18 to 35 lira.

Tables to book

If the weather is nice, a wrought-iron table for two on one of the small upstairs balconies overlooking the Bosphorus is quite romantic.

Recommended for

  • Couples
  • Culture vultures
  • Foodies
  • Singles
  • Great views / scenery
  • People watching
  • Romance
  • Trendiness
  • Design and architecture

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