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Banyan, Ortaköy

Muallim Naci Caddesi, 3 Salhane Sokak
Tel: 90 212 259 9060's insider take:

Asian fusion may be le dernier cri by Western standards, but it's still finding its feet in Istanbul, in tandem with the city's farouche flirtation with health food. So by local standards, Banyan is a pretty novel concept: a creative take on Eastern cuisine combined with organic ingredients, all harvested to the button of political correctitude. But by far the biggest check mark in Banyan's box is its remarkable waterside location in the Bosphorus village of Ortaköy: A terrace area garnished with bonsai trees basks in the light of the lively Ortaköy Square and its striking neo-Baroque mosque, which are in turn set off by the huge suspension bridge glowing in the background. You might want to kick off your evening with a fresh-fruit cocktail at the notoriously exuberant House Café next door and upstairs (1 Salhane Sokak; 90-212-227-2639), followed by some dim sum and satay at Banyan, and the highly recommended sake-marinated filet mignon to wind up.

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