Food and drink
International fare with a Turkish twist. The seasonal menu always includes a variety of competently prepared fish and meat dishes, but the perfectly crisp thin-crust pizzas – including unusual topping combinations such as smoked turkey and cherries – burgers, and hearty salads (I like the lentil and goats' cheese one) are justifiably popular. There is a full bar, including a good (if pricey) list of specialty cocktails.
The airy interior, with its big wooden tables and exposed brick walls, is hip without being overly pretentious, though the same can’t always be said of the clientele.
Service is fine, if not particularly rave-worthy.
The House Café has a stellar waterfront spot in the charming village of Ortaköy, looking out at the Bosphorus.
Main dishes range from 16.50 lira for the cheapest pasta dish to 39.50 lira for the steak fillet; pizzas range from 17.50 to 27.50 lira.
Tables to book
If the weather allows, one of the two waterfront terraces is the place to be.
The House Café’s 10 different branches include outlets in trendy Bebek and Nişantaşı and two in Beyoğlu – one in Tünel and one on İstiklal Caddesi.
- Business travellers
- Families with teenagers
- Families with younger children
- Great views / scenery
- Chilling out