What are the best Asian restaurants in Istanbul?

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Although half of Istanbul is located in Asia, good Asian restaurants are very rare and most of the time overpriced.  Luckily there are some nice restaurants to enjoy some old-school Thai, Japanese and Chinese food.    

Pera Thai

Mesrutiyet Cd. 74/A, Pera 

Some basic but nice Thai food in a cute little restaurant in the Pera neighbourhood.    

Shang Palace

Shangri-La Hotel, Hayrettin Iskelesi Sk. 1, Besiktas 

Authentic and chic Chinese restaurant in the newly opened Shangri-La hotel in Besiktas.    

Maromi

Divan Hotel, Asker Ocagi Cd. 1, Taksim 

If you are looking for a restaurant where a traditional Japanese Kaiseki dinner is served, then this is the place to be.    

Itsumi

Suada, Kurucesme, or Is Bankasi Tower 2, 4. Levent 

This is the one and only joint where the Japanese expat community enjoys their sushi. For a nice atmosphere and view, go to Itsumi on Suada.     

Udonya

Point Hotel, Topcu Cd. 2, Taksim 

Not a very well-known Japanese restaurant, but the quality is great and the prices are likewise.


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