At the beginning of this year I photographed recently opened, charming Kilimanjaro, a restaurant located in renovated Bomonti's Historic Brewery. The factory had been turned into an art, culture and entertainment complex, named Bomontiada, with a couple of good restaurants, cafes and an art gallery within. It is a beautiful space and the interior is designed by world known Turkish architects, Autoban. The menu is focused on seasonal and local ingredients, mostly delivered from nearby Feriköy Organic Market. Freshly baked bread and all the charcuterie are all made in-house. The impressive menu is based on traditional Turkish cuisine with a twist. My favorites from the menu are; smoked tarhana soup with sour black-eyed peas,oaked-smoked bonito with peppers&herbs, served with sourdough toast&aioli, crispy slow-cooked lamb, served with almond firik rice and fava beans wrapped in cabbage leaves, served with taragon yogurt dressing. In later hours, the bar with its signature cocktails gets crowded. My favourites are wasabi martini and spicy passion.. Be careful, these cocktails can be really addictive!
I feel so lucky to work with the people who developed such a unique menu, Mustafa Otar, the executive chef of Kilimanjaro and Cemre Narin, f&b advisor of Babylon restaurants and photograph all these scrumptious dishes. Be sure to check them out next time you are in Istanbul.
Tarihi Bomonti Bira Fabrikası,
Birahane Sokak, No:1 Bomonti / Şişli