In 1993, on a hilltop in the center of the Ulus neighborhood, interior designer Zeynep Fadıllıoğlu created this platform for marvelous views of the Bosphorus, the semi-circular enclosed space is a true example of east meets west. There are magnificent crystal chandeliers hung over the center lounge and a fire place and the adjacent bar. There is also a grand outdoor terrace, but we visited s during winter, so we did not get to enjoy much of it (although we tried but the chilling breeze sent us back inside).
The menu consists of 29 (a play on the name) traditional Ottoman dishes as well as some French and Japanese fusion options. The eggplant was highly smoked while being pure and fresh. A few other standouts were the deep-fried goat cheese salad with mizuna, mint, arugula and strawberry reduction, the rice pilaf with butter, and the grilled octopus with white-bean-and-tomato salad.
Reservations, as well as smart dress are highly recommended at this classic restaurant with its impeccable service. We highly recommend a nice outing at Ulus 29; so enjoy a wonderful lunch or dinner, and then walk down the hill, all the way to the water. It’s not a bad way to enjoy some vacation time!
Ulus 29 Restaurant
(90) 212 358-2929
Adnan Saygun Caddesi, Ulus Parkı İçi No:71/1 – 34340, Istnbul, Turkey
12:00pm 3:00 pm – Monday – Friday
6:30 pm – Daily