Turkey sits in the center of two civilizations - the European civilization and the Middle Eastern civilization. As if this is not enough variations in one country, it is also where the Christian religion ends and where the Islamic Religions starts. Turkey has often wondered whether she is a European country or an Arab Middle Eastern country. While the jury is still out where the country belongs, what is not in doubt is her culinary genius as displayed in her 10 top restaurants - amazingly, all located in her capital Istanbul.

10 of the best high-end restaurants in Istanbul

Turkey sits in the center of two civilizations - the European civilization and the Middle Eastern civilization. As if this is not enough variations in one country, it is also where the Christian religion ends and where the Islamic Religions starts. Turkey has often wondered whether she is a European country or an Arab Middle Eastern country. While the jury is still out where the country belongs, what is not in doubt is her culinary genius as displayed in her 10 top restaurants - amazingly, all located in her capital Istanbul.

La Mouette

Located on the terraces of Beyoğlu's Tomtom Suites hotel, this restaurant boasts some of the best Turkish delicacies that are prepared by young and creative chefs. Among the most popular dish here is Turkish staple Arnavut ciğeric.

Cipriani Istanbul

Located on the top floor of Edition Hotel, this restaurant boasts the Giuseppe Cipriani hallmarks. It serves the trademark Cipriani Bellini Cocktail, the exquisite Carpaccio, perfect sandwiches and ice creams.

Rumelihisari Iskele

This restaurant is located on Bosphorus in an Ottoman-era boat. It serves dishes such as cold meze. If you want to sample traditional Turkish food, then this is the place to be.

Giritli

From local wine, raki or beer to delicacies such as grilled octopus in olive oil, orzo salad and olives that are served with feta and Walnuts; this enchanting restaurant will never fail to amaze you. It is located in the Sultanahmet district that sees a lot of tourists.

Changa

This restaurant occupies 4 floors of the famous 103-year-old Art Nouveau townhouse. The name 'Changa' is Swahili for mix. And indeed the food here is a mixture of recipes and ingredients from all over the world. The Chef, Peter Gordon, ensures that you get your authentic Turkish traditional dish with a taste of other parts of the world.

Leb-i derya

This is a fine dining place that overlooks Bosphorus. It is one of those restaurants that you feel like coming over and over again due to good customer care and modern facilities. It serves foods such as Sea bass with pancetta and pomegranate-flavored lamb kebab

Mikla

This hotel is located on the top floor of Marmara Pera hotel and offers the scenic view of the Turkish Capital. It serves dishes such as pistachio-crusted lamb chops and cherry wood-smoked loin of lamb

Meze

This is a chic little restaurant that is exclusive. It is ideal for romantic dinners and special occasions celebration. It serves cuisines such as succulent loin of baby lamb.

Muzedechanga

This restaurant serves fusion Cuisines. This means that it will import cooking methodologies from different cuisines and fuse them to make one great cuisine. It is located in Sabanci Museum and is one of the best places to have lunch in Istanbul.

Maiden's Tower

Nestled on the Sea of Marmara, this unique restaurant showcases Turkey as is - a country between two continents. If you get to eat from this restaurant, you will be in awe because you are in the presence of history and geography of Europe and Asia. It has an idyllic, romantic aura to it that you cannot experience anywhere else in the world.

If you are still in doubt of the culinary genius of the Istanbul restaurants, then you better board the plane and head east...or is it west...and experience the cuisines yourself.

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