Kantin

Address: Akkavak Sokak No. 30, Nişantaşı, Istanbul, 34365, Turkey
Telephone: 0212 219 31 14

- Budget

4.5

Bright and airy café serving fresh, seasonal food, and prepared meals to go.

Small restaurants crafting simple but elegant food with seasonal and local ingredients are a dime a dozen in my hometown of San Francisco, but it’s a treat for me to find one in Istanbul. The neighbourhood residents and businesspeople who’ve made Kantin their daily lunch stop seem to agree.

Food and drink
4.5
90%
Service
4.3
90%
Food and drink
4.5
90%
Value for money
4.2
90%
Ambience
4
90%
Location
4.1
90%

Food and drink

The fresh, healthy menu changes from day to day, offering dishes such as sumac-spiced chicken, poached palamut (bonito), meatballs in sour sauce, or oven-baked pasta, along with a revolving repertorie of çıtır – paper-thin wood-oven pizzas topped with the likes of smoked salmon, rocket, and capers, or squash, pepper, onions, and cheese. There is no alcohol but try the selection of teas or a freshly squeezed lemonade.

Ambience

The cosy interior is simple but spotless, with big mirrors, a chalkboard listing the specials of the day, a shelf of food books to browse, and bouquets of fresh flowers providing the main décor. Your table neighbours will probably be upscale Turks chatting or doing business over lunch.

Service

The friendly staff are knowledgeable and passionate about the restaurant’s Slow Food-influenced philosophy.

Location

In the heart of Nışantaşı, a trendy shopping and business district. There’s a Kantin shop downstairs selling sauces, ingredients, desserts, and prepared meals to go.

Price advice

Main courses range from 12 lira to 22.50 lira.

Tables to book

Weather permitting, grab a table out back in the shady garden.

Recommended for

  • Business travellers
  • Foodies
  • Singles
  • Relaxation
  • Trendiness

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