Food & Drink

Şişhane lunch

Every time I visit Şişhane there seems to be something new and worth checking out. Yesterday it was Gram, a swanky little bakery/eatery that’s been around for about two months, just opposite Da Vittorio, my favorite Italian restaurant in Istanbul. The design and the atmosphere of Gram make it a really appealing space — hats off to the architect and owners for creating such a reaxed yet intimate environment, with common tables, and the natural feel of wood, stone and brick. In particular, I liked the ceiling and lighting display featuring old scale weights as decoration.

But most importantly, the women working the open kitchen definitely know their business. There’s a small menu scrawled in marker on plate-glass over exposed brick walls, and there are also some inventive seasonal daily dishes on the kitchen counter. Today I tried the karpuz kısır, a kind of watermelon and bulgur salad with walnuts, that was a fantastic hot weather dish, along with a more conventional, but no less tasty, linguini with marinated tomatoes and mozzarella. Lunch is from 12:00 to 15:00 on weekdays, and 12:30 to 15:30 on Saturdays. Private dinners can also be booked. It’s open before and after these hours as a bakery, with some pretty tantalizing looking tatlı (desserts) and baked goods. Stop in if you’re in the neighborhood.

Asmalı Mescit Mahallesi, Meşrutiyet Caddesi No107D

Beyoğlu Istanbul +90 212 243 1048