Istanbul Doors Impresses Again with CA’D’ORO

CA’D’ORO is the latest gem of Istanbul Doors Group, a nearly twenty-year-old leading restaurant and entertainment group based in Turkey. Located in the newly opened SALT Galata building on Bankalar Caddesi in Karaköy, CA’D’ORO offers a menu designed by French chef Julien Maisonneuve, consisting mainly of international cuisine spiced up with a Turkish touch that will indulge your appetite and sense of adventure.

The décor is quite minimal, already feeding from the classic architecture of the building itself, which was designed by architect Alexandre Vallaury and opened in 1892 as the official state bank of the Ottoman Empire. The interior of the restaurant is designed by Han Tümertekin, and is spread accross two floors – with a café downstairs and a more formal restaurant upstairs. 

Talking about food… the menu is simply de li cious. It offers a little bit of everything. Breakfast offerings are mostly traditional Turkish selections, while the rest offers diverse choice options ranging from fish to fillet, from Turkish Burger to pide. Appetizers are extremely rich in flavor and texture; desert list is too good to suffice with a single one.

My personal favorites… for starters – grilled artichoke, crispy risotto with tomato, goat cheese and pide with Keş cheese accompanied by eggplant gratin. For main course – strongly recommend the grilled fillet served with the yummy spinach/ricotta cheese souflé. Do make sure to spare some room for desert because they really are among the best (if not THE best) I’ve tried. Strongly recommend the chestnut Mont Blanc and the caramelized pumpkin.

I barely use the word “favorite” for a restaurant just because it’s not so easy to like the atmosphere, location, service, food and wine menu all at the same time.. but no hesitation for CA’D’ORO. Go pamper yourself for a Sunday brunch with your newspaper, or enjoy a sophisticated dinner on a Friday evening with friends and family. Downstairs would also be the perfect coffee break spot if you’re in the area for some art action.

For more about CA’D’ORO, and Istanbul Doors Group, please visit http://www.istanbuldoors.com

Bon Appétit!

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