Genuine Delight: Araka

Araka is a chef restaurant located in Yeniköy, Istanbul, welcoming flavor enthusiasts since 2017. Bearing the signature of the accomplished chef Zeynep Pınar Taşdemir, Araka brings a unique interpretation to modern Turkish cuisine, offering creative dishes where seasonal ingredients take the spotlight.

Araka’s cuisine focuses on seasonal and local produce. Chef Taşdemir uses the freshest and most delicious ingredients from different regions of Turkey to create her menu. These ingredients are transformed into original flavors with the chef’s creative perspective.

The menu highlights vegetables and herbs. Chef Taşdemir prepares dishes that accentuate the natural flavors of vegetables and herbs, interpreting them with various techniques. Some of the flavors on the menu include olive oil dishes, pickled vegetables, and fresh fish. Meat and seafood are expertly blended with vegetables to offer delicious and satisfying dishes. Among the starters, the Cucumber Sea Bass Ceviche is particularly popular among guests.

With its creative dishes and intimate atmosphere, we recommend experiencing Araka, which has been awarded 2 Toques in the Gault&Millau Türkiye 2024 Guide.


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