Hot List 2009

Abracadabra, Istanbul

50/1 Arnavutköy Caddes

Tel: 90-212-358-60-87

Globe-trotting chef Dilara Erbay blends Turkey's diverse culinary traditions with Asian influences. Her latest venture is Abracadabra, a four-story mansion in the waterfront Arnavutküy neighborhood. Long, thin borek pastries are stuffed with smoked beef and served with a pomegranate dip, while raw salmon kofte is painted with wasabi and soy. Don't miss the daily seafood specialties, and avoid the weekend crunch, when the service can be erratic.
Tip: At $15, the lavish breakfast spread of homemade jams, Aegean olives, Anatolian cheeses, organic eggs, and fresh-baked breads is the city's best deal (entrées, $10–$17).

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