We are very excited to bring you the first episode from our new cooking series! Stay tuned as we showcase the best restuarants in Istanbul and thier famous signature dishes. Watch, as we give you an in depth look at the process behind some of Istanbul's best food. Enjoy!

Cooking Series Ep. 1, Ciragan Palace Kempinski from QualitaTurkey on Vimeo.

The Ciragan Palace Kempinski seeks to re-create a Sultanate sense of royalty. It draws its design cues from the attached Ciragan Palace, the site of a historic Sultan’s palace. The rooms are adorned with traditional Ottoman furnishing and design styling, most with an accompanying Bosphorus view. The Palace section boast some of the most exquisite accommodation in Istanbul, and is frequented by travelling presidents, prime ministers, and kings and queens.

The Tugra Restaurant, Ciragan Palace’s luxury restaurant and culinary pride, serves authentic Ottoman cuisine amid a beautiful backdrop. The restaurant has been repeatedly named one of the 50 most romantic restaurants in the world. The restaurant draws inspiration from the Ottomans’ finest age, preparing its signature Testi Lamb as it once was prepared for the Sultans. 




Turksih Peppers


Baby Potatoes

Paris Mushrooms

Garlic Cloves

Wild Mushroom


Lean Lamb Lion, cut into small cubes

Mixed Turkish Herbs



Mix all ingreidents in a large bowl until all spices are evenly distributed. Place all ingredients into traditional 'terra cotta' pot, along with vegetable broth. Coat the neck of the pot with egg, yolk. Cover the cap of the pot with a piece of bead dough, and coat with egg yolk and spices. Roast in the oven at 220 degrees Celcius, for 45 minutes to 1 hour. When completed, the bread dough will form a cap over the openning of the pot. Break open the pot at the neck, and serve the contents from inside with a spoon.