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Mozaik, Sultanahmet

1 İncili Çavuş Sokak
Tel: 90 212 512 4177's insider take:

Despite being overrun with hotels and guesthouses to accommodate the majority of the city's visitors, Sultanahmet is relatively short on decent places to eat: The once-famed restaurant at the Four Seasons Hotel has become little more than a tepid dining room for holidaying retirees, and the insistent hawking of touts off the main stretch of the Divan Yolu is enough to make you lose your appetite. However, the Mozaik restaurant and its sister Rumeli next door are an exception to the rule, with a high culinary standard, excellent, friendly service, and a charming Ottoman theme that's very cozy in the winter, especially in the basement dining room. The menu is a patchwork of influences, including Western-style T-bone steak, Mediterranean and Aegean salads, and a host of creative Turkish and Anatolian dishes, including the spectacular Abant kebab, incorporating lamb cubes with sautéed eggplant, peppers, mushrooms, and onions in a creamy tomato sauce.

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