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Lamps at 19011901 Café & Bistro at The Public Hotel

Foodie Frolics latest Friday night find:

In a side street off Istiklal Caddesi sits a new Hotel and Resto. The stylish lampshades reaching up to the second floor ceiling are what grabbed my attention and drew us in for a closer look.

1901 RestoAlthough not open to the public yet, 1901 Restaurant  welcomed us in for a Foodie Frolics sneak peek. Mete Özerten the Food & Beverage Manager, introduced us to the Menu and Wine List and we were treated to a preview of things to come, the official opening in the coming week.

Ambiance DiningWarm ambiance, tasteful furnishings and artwork adorn the walls. Jazz and lounge music help set the atmosphere. The solid wood long table in the Bar area is a stylistic feature to add to the beautiful display of lampshades. The DJ has his own birds eye view over the bar area and the laser lights being tested suggest that it will be a funky bar to have a drink.

The reasonably priced and expansive Menu (in Turkish and English) has something to suit everyone. From salads to pasta or steak and Turkish meat dishes, this is certainly an ambitious menu.

The wine list has a good selection of Turkish and International wines both by the bottle and a range by the glass. There is a list of standard beers, spirits and cocktails plus an extra list of ‘1901 Legends’ cocktails all priced at 30TL.

Wines by the glass:1901 Cafe Bistro

The wine list has 20 wines by the glass from 18-27TL, Urla Vourla being the best addition by the glass. Kayra and Kavaklıdere dominate the Turkish wine list by the bottle. There are a number of International wines but in my opinion, when in Turkey, one should drink Turkish wine! The selection of wine is a little predictable with the Turkish overrated Terra, Vin Art and International Montes on the list. I would like to see more successful wines such as Suvla, Arcadia and Chateau Kalpak grace the list when it is reviewed. There is still more work to do here to make the wine list more appealing with a range of wines from the various wine regions and boutique wineries in Turkey. But it’s a pleasing start!

More about the Menu:

There are two soups and eight cold appetisers including cheese and charcuterie platters (with pork for our non-Muslims.) The hot appetisers include wraps, quesadillas and pastrami vine leaves. You can choose from a long list of 11 salads from the typical Caesar, Roka salad or Garden salads to the chicken, salmon and seafood versions. However, it is pleasing to see a Quinoa salad on the menu. The pasta section includes traditional pasta recipes including an attempt at Asian noodles (a taste test needed.) The most interesting is the ‘Raviolo Bergese’ with spinach, ricotta, and truffle butter topped with Parmesan and sage.

The main courses include Turkish Kebabs, Köfte and Külbastı, chicken and fish dishes but moves onto steak with interesting accompaniments and sauces.

Honey Wine SteakI sampled a perfectly cooked medium rare Sirloin Steak with a Honey red wine jus on a bed of spinach accompanied by a timbale of potato with a carrot centre and a hint of truffles. A complete meal that looked great on the plate and tasted even better! A glass of the Urla Voula red was the perfect pairing. If you prefer your meat rare, this is the place to come. My friend’s steak was prepared to his likely which is ‘rare’ in Turkey (pardon the pun!)

Toblerone TiramisuYummy Desserts:

From the dessert menu of six offerings, I selected the Toblerone Tiramisu. The creamy tower looked delicious on the plate. The rather large chunks of Toblerone made the dessert even more tantalising. I sampled my friend’s Coconut Cake, which was more of a pudding type affair. Although not my cup of tea, this dessert would be delicious for pudding lovers.

A Sneak Peek at the Hotel Suites:

Queen RoomWith dinner done, a private tour of the Hotel rooms was arranged, the first stop, the Queen Suite. This room shows off the brickwork as a wall feature and the earthy colours are matched between the artwork and the manchester. A mini Smeg fridge in vibrant red attracted my attention, as this retro addition outlines the Hotel’s attention to detail. Likewise, the television and Internet cables are enclosed in copper pipes offering a clever wall detail.King Suite

The King Suite has a classic high back claw foot freestanding bath as the feature in the main room rather than the bathroom. The original mouldings remain on the ceiling. The centre ceiling rose that would have had a chandelier hanging Ceiling Rosedown from it has become the featured logo design of the Public Hotel. With a price tag of 500 Euros a night this is indeed a room for special occasions.Shower

Even the Double Room with it’s original ceiling mural, abstract painting above the bed and compact bathroom tucked behind the main room is well designed and a more affordable price, especially if you go through Booking.com.

The Verdict:

Foodie Frolics rates the meal and wine selected at a satisfying 5 kebabs on the FF Resto Kebab Rating scale. Foodie Fantastic Rating 5

I will be going back for more when the 1901 Café & Bistro opens its doors to the public. It ticks off nearly all my boxes, from ambiance, furnishings and music to dining experience, quality food and more. The Hotel experience will have to wait though.

Stay tuned for another Foodie Frolics Friday night find…



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1901 Resto

1901 Café & Bistro at The Public Hotel

Istiklal Caddesi, Turnacıbaşı Sokak No. 1


Ph: 444 33 34