Meze on table
The Sumanah on the Water adjoining restaurant features the same mixture of the ultra-modern and the distinctively traditional through a menu that brings the age old Turkish tradition of Meze into the 21st century. The innovative menu incorporates the flavours and textures of Meze whilst evoking the elegance and refinement of Japanese Sushi and the communal feeling of Spanish Tapas. It also features the freshest seafood sourced from the local area, and adds inventive fusion elements into the traditional Meze components. The cold ‘tapa’ on offer include ‘Trout Filled with Herbs, Pine Nuts, Currants and Curd Cheese’ and ‘Fresh Anchovy in Tomato and Pepper Sauce’, whilst hot tapa include a ‘‘Borek’ Satay with Anchovy Dill Crème Fraîche’ and a ‘Calamari Satay with Olives and Thyme’. Each is only a couple of mouthfuls but together they constitute a uniquely delectable and refined take on Turkish traditions. The main courses include a modern take on the classic Turkish kebab, featuring ‘a Grilled Thyme-marinated Meat Ball, Strips of Lamb Loin & Chicken Leg with Crispy Matchstick Potatoes’ whilst other dishes incorporate Greek and even Italian flavours and cooking techniques for a truly Mediterranean dining experience.
With its name chosen to reflect award-winning Sumahan on the Water‘s beginnings as a 19th-century Ottoman distillery (‘tapa’ means cork while ‘suma’ is the first distillation when producing raki, Turkey’s traditional aniseed-flavoured spirit), newly opened Tapasuma serves up top chef Gokay Cakiroglu’s inspirational Turkish dishes with a contemporary twist in a hyper-stylish setting. Alongside freshly caught seasonal fish from the Bosphorus, Cakiroglu, who has a passion for creating new dishes, presents a menu of lesser-known yet enticing dishes from modern Turkish and Mediterranean cuisines. Not to mention the selection of delicious bite-sized Turkish mezzes lined up tapas-style at the restaurant’s 8-metre long “verde calacatta” marble food & drinks bar. Great for informal lunches and evening meals, as it is for special gatherings and celebrations, Tapasuma is an ultra-chic smart-casual dining venue for watching the sun set over the fabled city of Istanbul. The hotel’s own launch, Sumahan I, will even bring guests from across the Bosphorus directly to the restaurant in the quaint and attractive village of Cengelkoy on the Asian shore. There food-lovers can enjoy views of the timeless Bosphorus as its glitters and changes its hues throughout the day ensconced in Tapasuma’s artfully designed surroundings, very much of the now.