Top Asian restaurants in Istanbul

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Zuma: sophisticated Japanese izakaya in Istanbul

If you are craving Asian food in Istanbul (yes, it happens sometimes), then check out these three outstanding places chosen by Ugur Ilgar, founder of LuxuryIstanbul, a luxury travel company that organizes tailor-made holidays and special tours.

HAKKASAN (Address: Buyukdere Cad. No: 206 Kanyon AVM  Levent, Istanbul, Tel : +90 212 319 8888)

Hakkasan is located on top of the movie theater dome in Kanyon Shopping Mall. Hakkasan Istanbul was created by the founder of Wagamama Restaurant in London. It serves Asian-fusion cuisine in an eclectic, sophisticated environment. The renowned, multi-million pound interior was designed by the French designer Christian Liaigre who has fused distinctly modern aesthetic with traditional Chinese motifs. The restaurant gained a Michelin star rating in 2003.

VOGUE (Address: Spor Cd. Bjk Plaza A Blok No: 48 Kat:13 Akaretler / Besiktas, Istanbul, Tel : +90 212 227 4404)

Recently enovated, Vogue’s clean and stylish interior design enhances the stunning views of Istanbul from  the roof of Bjk Plaza. Their special sushi menu with its 70 original alternatives is fantastic! Superb wine selection over 200 wines and the finest cigar selection to accompany your after-dinner enjoyment. Olive oil and house wine specially produced for Vogue are a must. Open buffet brunch is available on Sundays.

ZUMA (Address: Salhane Sk No:7 Ortakoy, Istanbul, Tel :+90 212 236 2296)

Zuma offers a contemporary representation of the informal Japanese izakaya. Zuma brings the authentic flavours and textures of Japanese cuisine and delivers them zuma-style. The restaurant has been designed to capture the spectacular views of the Bosporus sea. The sake bar and lounge are terrific places to hang out with friends.

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