Cercis Murat Konağı

Address: Yazmacı Tahir Sokak No. 22, Suadiye, Istanbul, Turkey
Telephone: 0216 410 92 22

- Mid-range

4.5

Specialities from south east Turkey in a white-tablecloth atmosphere.

The Istanbul branch of a well-regarded restaurant in the south east town of Mardin doesn’t have the original’s atmosphere – a beautiful old stone mansion overlooking the Syrian plain – but it faithfully recreates the food in an elegant setting.

Food and drink
4.5
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Service
4.5
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Food and drink
4.5
90%
Value for money
4
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Ambience
4
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Location
3.8
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Food and drink

Traditional takes on south east cooking, including hearty dishes such as kaburga dolması, slow-cooked lamb ribs stuffed with almonds, onions, and spices. Alcohol is served, as is the bitter mirra coffee found in Mardin, a taste I haven’t yet acquired.

Recommended dishes

With 10 different dips and small salads served in copper ayran ladles, I think the appetizer tray is a must to taste the distinctiveness of the regional cuisine, in which pomegranates, walnuts, and capers play key roles.

Ambience

The large dining room is elegant, if a bit cavernous, and full of well-to-do Turks.

Service

Service is extremely attentive and very formal; the waiters even bring rose water in a decorative bowl to pour over your fingers at the end of the meal.

Location

Located near the water on the Asian side of the city, the restaurant is remote from the main tourist areas, but reachable fairly easily on the fast sea-bus from Kabataş.

Price advice

Main dishes are around 25 lira.

Recommended for

  • Couples
  • Foodies
  • Mature travellers
  • Escaping the crowds
  • Romance
  • Special occasions

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