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Asitane meze tasting
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Uber Surprise, in collaboration with Istanbul Tour Studio, will be organised every Sunday from 5pm to 7.30pm. (between Aug. 23rd, Sept. 20th) Each walk will be limited with eight Uber users in Istanbul and last approx. two and half hours long.
Our surprise tour starts at Karaköy Port. Image by Umut Sengun
Our itinerary is as follows:
- Meeting at Karaköy port
- Short cruise to Balat pier
- Stroll through the picturesque streets of Balat area
- Walk through the traditional Balat houses from outside
- Meze tasting at Asitane Restaurant
- See Chora Museum from outside
- Make our ways to the former Byzantine Palace
- Walk on top of the Old City walls
If you’re the sort of tourist who likes to get off the beaten path and away from the crowds, then you can’t do much better than spend time getting lost in the fascinating streets of the historically cosmopolitan Fener and Balat neighborhoods. Here the houses are painted in a myriad of colors, washing lines are strung between buildings, kids play in the streets, and traces of Jewish, Armenian, and Greek Orthodox communities still stand.
Backstreets of Fener. Image by Istanbul Tour Studio Instagram
The name Fener is derived from 'Fanari,' a Greek word meaning lantern – it means lighthouse in Turkish. Fener has been the seat of the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate and therefore one of the most important Greek neighborhoods in Istanbul since 1600. A large number of the Greeks in Istanbul lived here right up until the start of the 20th century.
Asitane Restaurant opened its doors in 1991 in a restored 19th century traditional Ottoman mansion. The restaurant, whose dishes reflect the eclectic nature of the Turco-Ottoman neighbourhood, was named Asitane, one of the many names given to Istanbul throughout the reign of the Ottoman Empire.
Asitane Restaurant, Sailor's Roll. Image by Asitane Restaurant Instagram
Extensive research was undertaken prior to the opening of the restaurant and today Asitane boasts an impressive archive comprised of over 450 forgotten sweet and savory recipes, which are prepared with the cooking methods of 500 years ago. The restaurant periodically offers themed menus such as “The Age of Sultan Mehmet the Conqueror”, “Ottoman Aphrodisiacs”, “Fish and Seafood Ottoman Style” as part of its mission to introduce the tastes of a bygone era to all. Here we will be trying several different Ottoman meze's.
Following our visit to Chora area, we will climb up onto a section of the Theodosian Walls (old city walls of Constantinople) in nearby Edirnekapi which is next to Tekfur Sarayi (Palace of Blachernae), the former Byzantine palace of Istanbul.
REMINDER: Book this tour for FREE by entering your UberSurprise Code onthe booking page.