4 Hours Rental With Driver S-Class: 300 euro
Ulus 29 is well known both for its incredible view, which takes in the straits of the Bosphorus and its bridge, and for its avant-garde design. While ostensibly a “modern” restaurant (reflected in the presentation of the food, although the flavor is very traditionally Turkish), the design is classically dressy, with high-backed velvet chairs and cut-glass chandeliers.
These offer dim lighting at night to complement the twinkling lights littering the Bosphorus view, easily one of the best in Istanbul. Besides the array of Turkish dishes, there is excellent International cuisine also available, including sushi, lobster, and pizza. Another noteworthy mention is the award-winning, impressively-varied wine list prepared according to import availability, including wines from Turkey, Italy, France, Australia, Argentina, Chile, and much more.
Of the Turkish choices, the lahmacun is a particular favorite. In stark contrast to the usual heavy topping of lamb, Ulus 29’s version is far lighter, using lean beef and making the traditional lahmacun more like an elegant pizza. Another winner is the delicious crispy börek, filled with duck rather than the usual minced meat or cheese. The accompanying pomegranate sauce is reminiscent of Chinese sweet and sour sauce, perfectly complementing the duck.
The desserts are also well worth trying, with the sütlaç (milky rice pudding) flavored with mastic getting a special mention. All in all, the restaurant is deservedly very popular, with many Istanbul residents taking their foreign guests here for the view and choice of excellent Turkish or International cuisine, depending on how adventurous they are feeling!
Address: Adnan Saygun Caddesi Ulus Parkı İçi No:71/1 Ulus, 34340, İstanbul