Restaurants Bars and Clubs
- Istiklal Caddesi 311, Misir Apartman floor 8, Beyoğlu, +90 212 251 1042, 360istanbul.com
His place is best known for the sublime dishes it serves in its sister restaurant across the street, but Çiya is also one of Istanbul’s finest kebab-makers. The menu at this branch reads like a listing of kebab’s greatest hits, with regional specialities from throughout Turkey’s south-east region, the country’s kebab-making heartland. Fistik kebab, made of minced lamb and chopped pistachios, and hashasli kebab, with poppy seeds, are two standouts. Some of the seasonal kebabs, such as those grilled with quince, loquats or cloves of fresh garlic, are simply divine.
- Güneşlibahçe Sokak 43, Kadiköy, +90 216 330 3190, ciya.com.tr , mains £7. Open noon-10pm daily
- Cevdetpaşa Caddesi 51/b, Bebek, +90 212 257 1255, luccastyle.com
Probably the city’s glitziest club, this is where Istanbul’s investment bankers dance the night away on the banks of the Bosphorus – the super-flash avoid the traffic of the coastal road and arrive at the club by boat. Its two floors are large enough to include Istanbul’s priciest – and, some say, best – restaurant, which comes with a nifty trick: diners don’t have to pay the 50TL (£18) entrance fee to the club (although once the bill comes, that may not seem like such a saving).
- Muallim Naci Avenue 44, Ortaköy, +90 212 259 5919, reina.com.tr