Food and drink
All too often, when I see a menu in Istanbul that draws from many cuisines, the food is likely to disappoint, but Leblon’s chefs seem to successfully merge Turkish, Italian, Asian, and other influences with ease. The bar has a good wine list.
The mixed shish kebab is the most popular starter, but I like the trio of samosas, with fillings ranging from traditional ground beef to one made from caramelised onions, Roquefort cheese, walnuts, and spinach. Grilled meats and fish are always well-prepared, and the warm chocolate soufflé is a don’t miss for dessert.
The exposed-brick interior, with low arches creating a sense of separation between different parts of the restaurant, is attractive and intimate, good for a date or a lingering conversation. Late on Friday and Saturday nights, there’s more of a nightclub vibe.
Service is pleasingly attentive without being overbearing.
Leblon is set amidst one of Istanbul’s most bustling nightclub and restaurant districts.
Main courses range from 15 lira for the cheapest pasta to 35 lira for the most expensive beef dish.
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