Tuğra Restaurant, Istanbul
Tuğra Restaurant and Lounge is on the first floor of the original Çırağan Palace and offers the most exquisite and romantic fine dining experience. Tuğra gets its name from the calligraphic seal of the Ottoman sultans. The chef’s modern classic menu of Turkish and Ottoman cuisine uses traditional recipes and dishes in homage to the Ottoman era.
The A la carte restaurant uses 600-year-old recipes to create an authentic Turkish experience. The traditional candy stick trolley “Macun” offers a sweet treat, and it is easy to see why Tuğra was named “One of the 50 Most Romantic Places in the World” by Travel & Leisure Magazine.
The ultimate Ottoman dining experience in a historic palace setting begins with the ambience; rich, majestic décor, live classical Turkish music against the ever-stirring backdrop of the Bosphorus Bridge. Booking a table on the summer terrace will offer spectacular views as you are taken back to the Sultans’ most glorious era as you dine under the moon light.
Using wild herbs from the Aegean mountains, black cabbage and corn flour from the Black Sea and fresh fish from the Bosphorus, the restaurant serves some of the most delicious Ottoman-era dishes. Its specialties like Lamb Külbastı and Testi Kebab use lamb from Middle Anatolia and free range cattle from East Anatolia.