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Istanbul, Turkey

An odyssey of Anatolian cooking with stunning views

In a sentence: As the name suggests, Maksut Aşkar's smart museum restaurant showcases local and seasonal ingredients in dishes that explore and redefine traditional Anatolian cuisine.

What to order: There's plenty to choose from with both à la carte and tasting menus on offer. Try lamb mutancana – slow-cooked leg of lamb with dried fruits, frikah wheat, za’tar, and grilled lettuce – or octopus scented with lavender and served with lemony potato cream, lemon zest and orange powder. And don't miss Aşkar's offal dishes, which are a speciality, including pan-fried liver with pickled plums, sumac and onion salad and oven-baked garlic cream.

The location: Part of  the cultural institution and exhibition space SALT Galata, which is housed in the historic Ottoman Bank, the restaurant has stunning views of the Golden Horn.

Take it slow: Aşkar is a strong supporter of Slow Food, using foods from the organisation's Presidia and Ark of Taste, which protect ancient and traditional foods that are in danger of extinction.

Bonus point: The all-Turkish wine list is a treasure trove of the country's best vineyards, highlighting an amazing range of styles and grapes.

Images: Seren Dal

On the pass

  • Maksut Aşkar

Style of food

  • Modern Turkish

Standout dish

  • Çimçim shrimp mucer mücver – a modern take on a traditional Turkish fritter