The House Cafe is a beautiful restaurant chain with cleverly designed individual locations combined with tasty food and pleasant service. Exactly what one wants from a restaurant.
Architecturally, all of the House Cafes are designed by Autoban Design Office, blending antique, modern, and industrial elements resulting in a stylish setting. On the Culinary front, London Savoy-trained chef Coscun Uisal blends local and international cuisine; including pizza pasta sandwiches and salads, using organic ingredients from sustainable sources whenever possible.
The Ortaköy location opened in 2005 with a premium view of the Ortaköy bridge and of the mosque on the Bosphorus. It is the perfect location for brunch and includes a buffet area on its sunny terrace. On weekend evenings, a DJ takes over the bar creating a pleasant atmosphere for cocktails.
There are also plenty of jams, marinated olives, southern Turkish olive oil, coffee, biscottis, cookies, and lovely wines.
Cooking classes are on offer at the İstiklal location offering different culinary teachings; including Japanese, Chinese, Italian, Ottoman, and French cuisines.
The House light toast: Toasted whole wheat bread sandwich with flax seed marinated light feta cheese, rocket leaves, and sun-dried tomatoes.
Menemen: Three eggs scrambled with tomatoes and green peppers (a personal favorite all over Arabia) at Ortaköy
As an aside, there is The House Apart division of the House Cafe, through which one can rent fully furnished luxury apartments scattered around İstanbul.