Dai Restaurant

AddressYeni Çarşi Caddesi No. 54 Galatasaray, Beyoglu 34433 Istanbul (Istanbul) Turkey telephonehome+90 212 252 80 99 »Show on map41.03210928.978229

Culinary Characteristics

activity types
  • eating & drinking → regional & local cuisine
  • eating & drinking → restaurant
culinary specialty
  • cuisines → country of origin: Turkey
Some interesting background info about this activity"Born in May 1976 in Istanbul, Arzu went on to study business management and worked in a variety of multinational companies until she turned 33, when she could no longer resist her enthusiasm for preparing delicious food.

Combining her inherited traditions of cooking from her family with observing the eating habits and expectations of travellers, she founded Dai Restaurant to serve those needs. She now enjoys cooking everyday!"

(quote from the website)

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  • When you are referred to a restaurant as being one of the great and quite famous places to taste local - home cooking style - cuisine, it's kind of a surprise to enter into this happy looking, yet quite small and narrow establishment. Since this lunch visit was prearranged for us, there were also some previously made menu decisions - a tasting menu of small dishes, it would be. Ok...

    What came next, can hardly be described by words. One warning in advance, should you decide not to read the whole story: 1. visit this restaurant! 2. get the tasting menu! 3. make sure you are not in a hurry!

    Was I already happily impressed by the lightness and freshness of the Turkish flavours after our visit to Divan Brasserie, Dai Restaurant trumped that experience with great flair.

    It started with a table stacked with cold snacks, packed with flavour. Fava beans, mashed with dill, thick Turkish yoghurt with dried and candied chilies, silky humus and sticky mixed nuts and tiny black olives, covered with oil, vinegar and honey, a wonderful combination.

    As we Dutchies are not really used to multi-course lunches (being from a quick sandwich and a glass of milk - lunch culture), we kind of assumed that this would be the whole experience. Which would not have been a problem, since the food was wonderful and the slices of fresh bread kept on coming. Someway during this banquet it started to dawn on us though, that this might be just an appetizer course. Kind of a problem since we only had a bit over an hour for lunch (a planning obviously matching the previously mentioned Dutch lunch attitude) and almost half of that time had already passed.

    So we decided to tell our friendly waiter that we were kind of on a thight schedule. Within minutes the lovely girl who also appeared to be manning the kitchen came almost running to our table? What did she hear?! Did we had to leave within half an hour? That was not possible, she had some much more great things planned for us. Oh, how sorry you can feel for somebody with such a passion for her work! As of then numerous small hot dishes were brought to our table. This should be it, surely?

    Ten minutes before we really had to leave, however, our local kitchen goddess came to ask which fish or meat we wanted as a main course. Come again?! More food?! Even though I tried to order at least one main course, just to give the chef a chance to shine, I was overruled by my friends (ok, ok, understandibly so, she could never had finished on time, which would had been even worse). Almost jumping from frustration (in a positive sense, don't get me wrong), the chef suggested we would come back at night, to finish the dished we hadn't tasted yet. I cannot tell you how I was amazed and impressed by her enthousiasme and pride about the food she served. And rightfully so.

    We just had the time to digg into the three different desserts she managed to get on the table only minutes before we had to go - again a true treat.

    Thinking back about this experience makes me smile all over again, and I know for sure I will go back to Dai Restaurant when I start working on the Taste Istanbul guide.

    Marijke Blazer - 22-09-2011 »report this story

Additional Characteristics

FoundedYet unknown, feel free to update culinary focusYes educational focusNo additional focus
  • craftmanship
  • culinary culture
  • regional specialty
  • local specialty
  • heritage & tradition
  • national specialty
languages supported (besides local language)
  • English

Practical information

reservation requiredYes Opening timesEveryday
breakfast, lunch, dinner available 10:00 - 24:00
Friday & Saturday - bar is open until 02:00 AM.
Closed from/toYet unknown, feel free to update Price informationYet unknown, feel free to update payment methodsYet unknown, feel free to update accessible by carNo accessible by public transportYes suitable for kidsYes suitable for disabled/elderlyYes daily visitorsYet unknown, feel free to update duration of visitYet unknown, feel free to update

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