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“Exquisite modern Turkish cuisine”
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Ranked #146 of 14,594 Restaurants in Istanbul
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$13 - US$36
Cuisines: Turkish, Contemporary
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Good for: Local cuisine, Scenic view
Dining options: Reservations
Neighborhood: Beyoglu
Description: The neolokal team aims to serve its guests genuine food that is inspired by mother earth and modelled and designed from traditions. And while doing so, they are examining traditional recipes to the finest details, blending in endangered heritage foods that are catalogued in "ark of taste". Chef maksut askar, who is heading the young and curious team says "if we do not protect our food , next generations to come will not have anything left in their hands". By combining modern techniques and innovative perspective with local cuisine they are presenting a new and refined perception.
Reviewed 4 April 2018

My husband and I enjoyed the best meal of our stay in Istanbul at Neolokal. The food was exceptional. We did not do the tasting menu because we don't eat meat, so we ordered a la carte. We had two starters: the humus and the mixed vegetables, which turned out to be a dozen or so different vegetable purees. This sounds pretty underwhelming, but it was delicious and different. The presentation was gorgeous. Accompanying the starters was a perfectly baked roll with a crisp, sturdy crust and soft middle, fresh out of the oven. As a main, we both opted for the sea bass, perfectly cooked along with seafood sausage and a delicious sauce. Desserts were rice pudding and a wonderful moist cake with ice cream. My description doesn't do it justice -- the food was not complicated but every dish was perfectly executed, with attentive service that was not ostentatious in the slightest. We loved the crisp white Turkish white wine that the server recommended. Another nice touch: the restaurant provided a small pamphlet describing the turkish culinary inspiration for each dish.

We also ate at Nicole while in Istanbul, and while we enjoyed our meal there very much, there's no question which restaurant we preferred. Neolokal will be our first stop in any future visit to the city.

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Reviewed 24 February 2018 via mobile

I like this restaurant because the Turkish food is not ‘standard’ fare, the service is good and the building & views are special. Great place for a romantic dinner a deux with a view to enjoy. I was here before with a small group (6) and everyone was happy with their meals then as well so this is now a regular for me.

Thank Michel V
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Reviewed 21 February 2018

This is my favorite restaurant in Istanbul now. Great atmosphere, fantastic food and service. Hosts Erim and Tracey are great at hosting larger groups and traditional Turkish and fusion food hand made by one of the world renowned Turkish chef maksut aşkar. I was only in Turkey for few days this time and I am delighted to find this gem of a place. Well done and thanks guys making it a memorable dinner.

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Thank Ranga_welaratne
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Reviewed 20 February 2018 via mobile

Nice place to go for food- ambience and the views are perfect of Istanbul, however, the portions are SMALL. Almost nouveau cuisine. Had houmous for starters. Yes, just houmous. Monkfish was the main- I looked at the plate and it was practically empty. Was starving at the end

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Reviewed 29 January 2018 via mobile

we had the full tasting menu so we have tried the entire menu.
the only dish stood out from the rest was hummus ( i think this is enough to explain our disappointment)
local wine selection was promising.

a few words in turkish: sayin sef ve mutfak ekibi : o plakiyi servis etmeye gonlunuz nasil el veriyor? soguk gelen balik(ici soguktu, pismemisti) icin aslinda ilik geliyor normal diyen garson arkadasa sevgilerimi yolluyorum.

Thank belgonur
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