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Matbah Ottoman Palace Cuisine

Matbah Ottoman Palace Cuisine

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http://www.matbahrestaurant.com/

The Ottoman Empire has reigned over the huge lands for centuries and coexisted with many nations and cultures. By synthesizing all the acquainted cultures in order to produce a unique taste of its own, through the time, the Ottomans have enriched the Ottoman Cuisine.
Several cuisines majorly deriving from Middle Asia, the Balkans, the Middle East
and the Europe are the main contributors to the Ottoman Cuisine.

This cuisine has prevailed mostly in the kitchens of the Ottoman Palace and therefore, the palace has turned out to be a unique place in order to grasp its tastes completely. Unfortunately, since the guilds of the palace cooks did keep their recipes as professional secrets, this magnificent cuisine has lost some of its unique tastes nowadays.

After long and professional researches conducted at the palace libraries, through the books and documents written by palace historians and guild of cooks (who had preferred to share their experiences instead of keeping them as secrets) we, Matbah Restaurant, benefited from all these documents and recipes to prepare a selective and unique menu containing of twenty seven outstanding dishes from Matbah-ı Beray-i (Kitchen of Sultan’s Palace) for your exclusive taste.

All dishes served are tested, improved and adapted to the measure which we do use nowadays. Besides, we have noted all the utmost details regarding with the Ottoman-style cooking.
After an exquisite exercise and efforts, the stunning recipes have been completed and adjoined to our selective menu.

The Ottoman grandeur and hospitality prevailing at “Matbah” is welcoming exclusive guests and gourmets who do delight in the comfort of a vibrant ambiance at different seasons throughout the year.
Matbah Restaurant is situated on a truly premium location in Istanbul, on an elevated position, surrounded by all the major historic and cultural sights in the heart of the old town, Sultanahmet. This is an inspiring location all year around, in the heart of the old city, within walking distance of Sultanahmet Square; the main historic, shopping and harbor districts, and the tramway and metro stations connecting the old town to the Asian side and Taksim square.

We invite you to embark on an unforgettable historical voyage and experience Istanbul’s most exquisite dining with the exclusive delights of a menu fit for a sultan.

Menu 1 (Dersaadet)
– Cold appetizers
* İstanbul Appetizer Platter
* House Green Salad with Herbs
– Main course
* Kebab–i Makiyan Kebab (Chicken Kebab Grilled boned chicken served with onions)
– Dessert
* Baklava (Desserts Baklava is a rich, sweet dessert pastry made of layers of filo filled with chopped nuts and sweetened and held together with syrup or honey. It is characteristic of the cuisines of the Levant and the broader Middle East, along with the Caucasus, Balkans, Maghreb, and Central Asia.)
* Tea, coffee
Menu price per person: 24,00 Euro
%18 VAT included but %10 service charge is excluded

Menu 2 (Istinbolin)
– Cold appetizers
* Cold Appetizer Platter
* Fava (Creamed broad beans, seasoned with dill and olive oil)
* Hibesh (Crushed chickpeas flavored with cumin, garlic, tahini, chili pepper and lemon juice)
– Hot Appetizers
* “Bayildi” (Aubergine and zucchini with caramelized onions
cooked in olive oil)
* Sailor’s Roll (Rolled pastry with cheese and peas served with honey)
* Nırbach ( Diced lamb, meatballs and carrot stew flavored with coriander, ginger, cinnamon, and Pomegranate syrup served with crushed walnuts.)
– Dessert
* Milk pudding with almonds
* Tea, coffee
Menu price per person: 32,00 Euro
%18 VAT included but %10 service charge excluded

Menu 3 (Hunkar)
– Cold appetizers
* Cold Appetizer Platter
* Stuffed Vine Leaves with Sour Cherries
* Circassian Style Chicken (Chicken with walnuts and spices)
* Hibesh (Crushed chickpeas flavored with cumin, garlic, tahini, chili pepper and lemon juice)
* Vartabit Bean (salad with tahini, sumac, garlic, vinegar, lemon juice and spices)
* Babbaganush (Baked and peeled aubergine with garlic and yoghurt)
– Hot appetizers
* Grilled Circassian Cheese with Oyster Mushrooms
– Main course
* Kirde Kebab (Diced beef and vegetables fried and served on crunchy flat bread with yogurt)
– Dessert
* Dessert Helatiyye (Pine mastic pudding, fruit and nuts served in rose sherbet)
* Tea, coffee
Menu price per person: 37,00 Euro
%18 VAT included but %10 service charge is excluded

Menu 4 (Sultan)
– Hot starter
* Dried fruit and chestnut soup with yogurt, spices and aromatics
– Cold appetizers
* İstanbul Appetizer Platter
* Stuffed Vine Leaves with Sour Cherries
* Babbaganush (Baked and peeled aubergine with garlic and yoghurt)
* “Lor” Cheese Blend (Mixed with scallions, parsley, green peppers and tomatoes, seasoned with rosemary and paprika.)
* Hibesh (Crushed chickpeas flavored with cumin, garlic, tahini.)
Vartabit (Bean salad with tahini, sumac, garlic, vinegar, lemon juice and spices.)
– Hot appetizers
* Grilled Circassian Cheese with Oyster Mushrooms
* Stuffed Vine Leaves with Sour Cherries
* “Arefe” Patties (Wheat rolls stuffed with minced lamb, almonds, pistachios, currants)
– Main course
* Lamb Shank with Eggplant “Begendi”
– Dessert
* Desserts Helatiyye (Pine mastic pudding, fruit and nuts served in rose sherbet)
* Baklava
* Tea, coffee
Menu price per person: 53,00 Euro
%18 VAT included but %10 service charge is excluded

Menu 5 (Ottoman Palace Cuisine Degustation Menu)
– Hot Starter
* Soup from Edirne Palace, Almond Soup (A light almond broth flavored with grated coconut.“Kanela” (Cinnamon) Syrup)
– Cold appetizers
* Stuffed Vine Leaves with Sour Cherries (Vine leaves stuffed with a blend of sour cherries, rice, onions and pine nuts, cooked lightly in olive oil.)
* Gerdaniyye (XVIII. Century) (Lamb chuck medallions stewed with aromatic vegetables and herbs, Blended with sheep brains)
* Ottoman Humus (1469-1473) (Crushed chickpeas, lightly pureed with currants and cinnamon powder.)
* Lor Cheese (1898) (Blend Mixed with scallions, parsley, green peppers and tomatoes, seasoned with rosemary and paprika.)
* Shrimp Pilaki (1471) (Shrimp with garlic, carrots, scallions in a light olive oil and vinegar sauce.)
– Hot Starter
* Grilled Circassian Cheese with Oyster Mushrooms
* “Arefe” Patties (Wheat rolls stuffed with minced lamb, almonds, pistachios, currants
– Salad
* Pickled Red Beetroot (Aromatized with vinegar, garlic and grape syrup)
– Main course
* Neck Of Lamb (14th c.) (Stew with apricot, damson and spices)
* Baked lamb shank (1463) (on a bed of charcoal grilled eggplant, served in a pastry bowl.)
* Veal kebab in fragrant herbs (18th c.) (Thinly sliced grilled beef fillet, served with cinnamon and cumin sauce)
– Dessert from the palace kitchen
* Dessert Helatiyye (Pine mastic puding, fruit and nuts served in rose sherbet)
* Baklava
* Unlimited local non-alcoholic and alcoholic beverages
Menu price per person: 85,00 Euro
%18 VAT included but %10 service charge is excluded

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