The legacy of Istanbul, once Constantinople, the capital of four empires, is greater than meets the eye. It's the Bosphorus, Black Sea, the Aegean, and the Mediterranean; Mesopotamia, Balkans, Anatolia, Caucasus, North Africa, and Persia. It's the palace and the countryside, the business capital and the cultural capital. It's a little Turkish, a little Greek, Armenian, Jewish, Arabic and Persian. It's Istanbul Modern. We tell the story.
We break bread with simit, the most common street food in Istanbul. Then we serve five small plates, mezes, shared family style. We switch gears into a traditional tasting menu with a lamb belly / potato foam / sous vide egg yolk course. The entree is a whole roasted branzino (from Turkey) with muhammara and rice. For dessert, we're serving Antep pistachio tart with kaymak (clotted cream) ice cream.