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360 Istanbul, Beyoğlu

32/309 İstiklal Caddesi, Mısır Apt., 8th floor
Tel: 90 212 251 1042's insider take:

A number that has become synonymous with trendoid Istanbul, 360 is the city's quintessential fly spot: A restaurant complete with summer terrace, bar, a strong nightclub element with regular DJs and live music, and, of course, the crucial circular view, it's pretty packed any night of the week. Located halfway along İstiklal Caddesi near the Galatasaray school, in a classic old Pera apartment building, its cool may by now be a little too well-worn, especially with the likes of the cozier Leb-i derya a few minutes down the street. However, 360 remains a contemporary Istanbul classic: South African chef Mike Norman has created a varied international menu with an amalgam of influences. There's duck carpaccio and calamari stuffed with cheese and tomato as well as "East" and "West" pasta dishes comprising Pad Thai or fettuccine with short rib. It's all good, but never much better than good.

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