Drinking with a View in Istanbul
It may be the ex-expat in me, but I get excited when I hear about Asian restaurants in Istanbul
. I was so hungry for some variety (not to mention ginger, soy sauce, and chili oil) back then that I wish Banyan had been around. It's an upscale Thai fusion restaurant and sleek bar in Ortakoy, one of my favorite Istanbul neighborhoods. The Ortakoy mosque, less dramatic in size and age than Istanbul’s more famous mosques, has ornate windows and arches and an enviable location on the Bosphorus. The bridge between Europe and Asia stands tall in the background, close enough to watch the cars pass from one continent to the next, yet far enough to escape their noise. Banyan has one of the most spectacular views in the neighborhood, overlooking the water, the plaza, and the mosque. Soak up that panorama along with creative cocktails on the bar's terrace.