Tapasuma Restaurant

Istanbul, 8Th January --- Sumahan on the Water, one of Istanbul's best-loved luxury boutique hotels, has just launched its new Bosphorus-front contemporary styled restaurant 'Tapasuma' in December 2012. 

With its name chosen to reflect award-winning Sumahan on the Water's beginnings as a 19th-century Ottoman distillery ('tapa' means cork while 'suma' is the first distillation when producing raki, Turkey's traditional aniseed-flavoured spirit), newly opened Tapasuma serves up top chef Gokay Cakiroglu's inspirational Turkish dishes with a contemporary twist in a hyper-stylish setting. Alongside freshly caught seasonal fish from the Bosphorus, Cakiroglu, who has a passion for creating new dishes, presents a menu of lesser-known yet enticing dishes from modern Turkish and Mediterranean cuisines. Not to mention the selection of delicious bite-sized Turkish mezzes lined up tapas-style at the restaurant's 8-metre long “verde calacatta” marble food & drinks bar.

Great for informal lunches and evening meals, as it is for special gatherings and celebrations, Tapasuma is an ultra-chic smart-casual dining venue for watching the sun set over the fabled city of Istanbul. The hotel's own launch, Sumahan I, will even bring guests from across the Bosphorus directly to the restaurant in the quaint and attractive village of Cengelkoy on the Asian shore. There food-lovers can enjoy views of the timeless Bosphorus as its glitters and changes its hues throughout the day ensconced in Tapasuma's artfully designed surroundings, very much of the now.  

About Sumahan on the Water, Istanbul

Sumahan on the Water is situated right on the waterfront of the legendary Bosphorus in Cengelkoy on the Asian shores of Istanbul. It occupies a distillery built in the mid-nineteenth century which produced 'suma', the unadulterated spirit used to make raki. A rare Bosphorus-front property that has remained in the hands of the original family, its Turkish-American owner-architects Nedret and Mark Butler have transformed the derelict building into a very special retreat for visitors to Istanbul, which opened in 2005. Its aim is to provide the highest degree of service to the independent traveler in the intimacy of a family-owned hotel.


There are 24 rooms and suites with each having its own concept and design, and all offering the ever-changing seascape of fisherman and ferryboats and ships gliding through the night. In a list that includes Topkapi Palace and the Maiden’s Tower, The Guardian newspaper lists Sumahan on the Water as the only hotel among Istanbul’s five best waterside views.

Reached by sea or road, downtown Istanbul is just a 15-minute journey by boat. The hotel’s Launch (Sumahan I) provides transport service across the Bosphorus to Kabatas and Kurucesme year round. The Launch is also available for private excursions along the Asian and European shores of the Bosphorus.

Sumahan on the Water won a 2012 World Luxury Hotel Award, Best Historical Hotel, one of the world’s most prestigious and exclusive awards recognizing the best facilities and service excellence the hotel industry has to offer.


Facilities include:

  •  Tapasuma restaurant serving contemporary Turkish & Mediterranean cuisine with 'mezzes' and daily fresh fish
  • Waterfront Café serving lunch, dinner and beverages
  • Sumahan Wellness, including hamam, massage and gym
  • Meeting room for up to 35 delegates
  • Library
  • Scheduled complimentary launch transfer across the Bosphorus
  • Airport transfers, car hire and sightseeing city tour
  • Disabled accessible


Kuleli Caddesi No.43 Çengelköy, Istanbul
+90 216 401 1333/34