New Summer Menu Debuts at Four Seasons Istanbul

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Heads up, foodies! Seasons Restaurant at Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul at Sultanahmet is debuting a new summer menu. We hear Executive Chef Savaş Aydemir is focusing on lighter meals using seasonal and local vegetables.

One of the highlights of the starters in both the lunch and dinner menus is a Turkish mezze plate. For lunch, guests can try a "summery plate" with watermelon, avocado and Van herb cheese as a nice light option. For sandwich fans, try the Sultanahmet club sandwich, prepared with lamb meat, and the falafel sandwich with hummus .

Other options include gourmet pizzas, pide and lahmacun. (The pizza might have lamb, octopus or wild grass from the Aegean coast of Turkey.) And a lamb fillet with smoked eggplant or an oven-cooked paper kebab are also available.

Dinner can begin with cold yoghurt soup with tahina ice cream on top, or scorpion fish soup with raki and saffron essence. Appetizers are a mix of Turkish and Mediterranean dishes. In addition to homemade ricotta ravioli or hengel (country ravioli) filled with Aegean wild grass, guests can try talas borek (savory Turkish pastry) or eggplant sihil mahsi, which is a traditional Turkish meal prepared with minced lamb.

Main courses include seafood, meat and organic roasted chicken. Options include wild sea bass cooked in a copper pot, monk fish casserole, boneless lamb shank cooked for eight hours, or beef skirt and short ribs. Desserts might include oven-baked nectarine baklava or Sultan’s cake. Turkish baklava ice cream, and kagit helva (filled pastry) make a great finale.

Hotel guests and visitors to the Old City can stop by Seasons Restaurant to cheer up their excursions with lunch or dinner or just for ice cream or lemonade. For reservations, call 00 90 212 402 3150.

The Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul at Sultanahmet is located at Tevkifhane Sokak No. 1 in Istanbul. For more information, visit www.fourseasons.com/istanbul.

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