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In today's edition of Miss. Delicious, we'll be visiting a long serving restaurant that not only provides some of the best views of the Bosphorus Strait, but also serves terrific Turkish cuisine to match. Indeed, we'll be taking a visit to a river side restaurant by the name of Hanedan.
Specialising in both traditional Turkish Meat and Fish dishes, Hanedan has established itself as a mainstay in the European side of Istanbul, although unknown to many a connoisseur, it has been serving traditional Turkish food from the same location since 1983. No doubt, the restaurant has seen the transformation Istanbul has undergone as it shifted from being a Sino-European gateway of trade, to it's present day modern metropolis.
The fact that Hanedan has survived the winds of change over 3 decades is a testament to it's core values: good traditional food, sublime panoramic views of Istanbul and amicable service.
Location wise, the restaurant is next to the Navy Museum, just a few kilometres south of the Bosphorus Bridge. From here, you can see the Beylerbeyi Palace, Uskudar Kiz Kulesi, Topkapi Palace as well as the Bosphorus Bridge.
Below, you can see one of the many Cannon's just outside the Navy Museum.
Across from the Navy Museum, we arrive at Hanedan!
As you can see, it occupies the first and second floor of the building. At the top, you have a panoramic view of the entire area!
When you enter, you are welcomed by a friendly member of staff who will ask you whether you intend to eat fish or meat. The restaurant is divided into two separate floors depending on your choice.
I opted for the meat section, mainly because I wanted to sit on the panoramic floor with the best views.
The interior design is very clean, uncluttered and isn't trying to position itself as a fine dining establishment. In that regard, it is a very welcoming atmosphere and I'm already feeling happy about my dining choice for this afternoon.
I wouldn't have thought the restaurant would feel quite as modern judging from the outside, but inside, the restaurant has a healthy mix of modern decor as well as pictures of some of the notable landmarks of Istanbul.
This handsome young man was our waiter. Because we came at neither lunch time or dinner time, he was able to give us almost undivided attention. Explaining in detail the menu as well as the large selection of mezes. A very welcome sentiment!
As you can see the restaurant has quite an impressive selection of wines. However, I wasn't feeling like alcohol on the day, so I didn't have the pleasure of tasting any. I do like the barrel design at the bottom of the wine cupboard though. Along with the variety of plants, the place almost felt tropical.
The restaurant has an out door area in addition to the larger indoor area. Perhaps by mistake, I decided to sit in the outside area where there is no air conditioning. Although in the shade, it felt like being in a sauna outside!
The first order of business, a iced soft drink to cool down!
From the balcony of the restaurant, you have a perfect view of the Bosphorus Strait as well as the Asian side of Istanbul. This area is also used as a docking place for boats which will ferry passengers to and from the other side of the strait as well as cruises along it.
Growing accustomed to traditional Turkish cuisine, I was asked to choose from quite a large selection of Turkish Meze's. These are the Turkish equivalents of starters and most of them are served cold.
Zesty Salad with Lemon
Lavash Hollow Bread
Spicy Salsa Salad
Lavash Hollow Bread
Tavuk Pirzola - Grilled Chicken. This is served with roasted tomato, roasted pepper, bulgur pilaf tomato rice and flat bread. The chicken has a distinctive barbecue taste to it and goes really well with the Haydari meze yogurt sauce. I was quite surprised by the sweet flavour of the rice but in retrospect, I think it goes very well with the savoury chicken and haydari.
Because the chicken is marinated with a special Turkish sauce, you can actually eat it on it's own and it's slightly spicy flavour will come through.
Bonfile - Beef Steaks. This is served with the same roasted tomato and roasted pepper as before, but instead of the bulgur pilaf tomato rice, we have french fries and brown rice.
The meat is rich in flavour owing to the herbal spices which have been added whilst being grilled. One thing I noticed was the size of the servings. You get a lot of meat, but also a lot of rice and french fries. It's actually quite difficult to finish both.
The steaks tasted a bit like burger meat except with a very strong herbal essence. I often look at Turkish food and assume that it will taste familiar because superficially, the steaks look like regular steaks. It's only after eating them do I notice the distinctive Turkish taste to them.
The restaurant seemed to have a lot of tables and I suspect the evening time would be much more lively and atmospheric. My personal recommendation would also be to visit during the evening and try get a table on the balcony. Night time panoramic views of the strait are serene.
Finally, I realised that these pictures on the wall are of places you can see if you look hard enough from the restaurant. Do you recognise what they are?
And that concludes today's Miss. Delicious! A very satisfying Turkish lunch/dinner, and extremely beautiful views to match. As I mentioned earlier, the most ideal time to visit would be during the evening when the temperatures are lower, and there are more people in the restaurant to fill the atmosphere.
However, if you're looking for some midday relaxing ambience, then you will find yourself very well looked after, and plenty of choices to sit. Just be ready to sweat!
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