Matbah Restaurant, serving in the historical texture next to Topkap› Palace, hosts the guests with meals, cooked and npresented in Ottoman Palace Cuisine style of 500 years ago.

Topkapı Palace, the headquarter of the Ottoman Empire, has been turned into a museum today. Visitors have the chance to learn the past by seeing staffs and decorative objects in this historical place. As for Matbah Restaurant, next to the palace, maintains this wonderful cultural heritage with its all warmth and its special flavours. The restaurant hosts the guests with meals from this cuisine and the menu comprises of the tastes which were in the table of sultans centuries ago.“How can the Matbah presents the soup which Sultan Fatih ‘the Conquerer’ Mehmet had fondly in 1473 to the guests today?” Let’s learn the answer of this questioneverybody wonders, more precisely its excitable flavourstory, from Necati Y›lmaz, the managing director of therestaurant:

Firstly, the target has been determined. Our studies on historical flavours constitute professionalbackgrounds of mine and our restaurant’s executive chef, Kadri Y›lmaz. We aimed at making  contribution to refreshment culture in this historical region where civilizations meet, through the flavours, prepared with historical recipes. 

Historical Recipes

The first way of reaching to historical recipes is to look through the Ottoman Palace archives.The second one is the books written on these archives. As for the third one, it is the articles written on this subject. The records of the palace kitchen. The Ottoman Empire was a great realm. When sighting from the kitchen to geographic boundaries, over which it reigns, you will see a huge area which ranges from Vienna to Azerbaijan and Armenia, from Kirim to North Africa, and from the Balkans to Arabian Peninsula. When the Turk came to Anatolia from Middle Asia, they learnt new tastes by meeting Arabians and Persians. This interactive relation continued in Anatolia and they began to add apricot instead of pear to their meals and also fish, seafoods entered the kitchen. Necati Yılmaz, inform us records date back to Sultan Fatih the conquerer’s era and he continues:

 “We do not practice much the same recipe we find out as the result of the research. It is not possible to find the same stuff written on the records at present. And he adds : “When the situation is so, we continue in this way; we give the recipe to our chef by saying; ‘there is a record in a specific day, and it is written on it that certain kinds of products was used’. In the Ottoman Cuisine, this equalibrium are very well proportioned. If there is honey, th ere is also vinegar. If there are bitter tastes, there will be sweet tastes. A meal is not cooked without being seasoned with fruits, spices and herbs. Necati Yılmaz, who expresses that composing of palace cuisine, based on research, is not an easy effect, said also; “True information is needed for making the meal according to historical recipe. Our aim is to earn the guests’ hearts, not their money. That’s why Matbah Ottoman Palace Restaurant is known, preferred and loved.

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