latest work : alancha istanbul

Alancha is one of my favourite restaurants in Istanbul, with its visually striking cuisine and spectacular contemporary design. Every detail from the lighting to the handmade table accessories is finished to perfection. Last month they have been selected to Diner's Club 50 Best Discovery Series spotlight on the Middle East and Africa. Certainly it's a very well deserved success for the chef Kemal Demirasal and his great team! And also a great pleasure for me to have worked with them as their photographer. Here are some of the outtakes from that shooting. Be sure to check them out next time you're in Istanbul!


Alancha Istanbul

Maçka Kempinski Residence

Hüsrev Gerede Caddesi

Şehit Mehmet Sokak No:9

Maçka - İstanbul

+90 (212) 261 35 35

recent work:kilimanjaro

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&aiolicrispy 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

robin's kitchen

Here are some images and outtakes of Robin's Kitchen, from a shoot I did for Home Art Magazine last month. Robin’s is a modern, small rooftop bar and restaurant in Duo Hotel, with a beautiful view of the Galata Tower and Sultanahmet. I think it’ s a little gem in a very touristic area of Istanbul. Be sure to visit them next time you’re in Istanbul. 

Robin's Kitchen
Şahkulu Mah. 
Galip Dede Cad. No:56
Galata, Beyoğlu Istanbul

trattoria la scarpetta

Back in December, I shot food&beverage images of Trattoria La Scarpetta. It’s a recently opened Italian restaurant located in Etiler, around a residential area of Istanbul, that is worth a visit. Well known chef Carlo Bernardini is the menu consultant of the restaurant. The crowd is mostly the locals that meet for business lunchs, dinners to catch up or for romantic dates who would like to eat good Italian food in an elegant place. I like the place overall but the airy dining space especially stole my heart with its convertible roof.  Be careful, you may forget where you are afterall.

While shooting there, due to the season, truffles were freshly brought from Alba region of Italy and are served with the risotto made with acquerello rice often described as ‘the king of rice' .


Trattoria La Scarpetta

Dilhayat Sok. No: 16

Etiler, Istanbul

Geçtiğimiz Aralık ayında Etiler’deki İtalyan restoranı Trattoria La Scarpetta'nin yiyecek, içecek ve mekan çekimlerini yaptım.  2014 yılının sonlarında açılan La Scarpetta, Etiler'den Bebek'e inerken, karmaşadan uzak sakin bir sokakta çok şeker sarı bir binada konumlanmış. Genelde mahalle sakinlerinin iş ve özel yemekleri için, hem öğlen hem de akşamları tercih ettikleri şık bir italyan restoranı olmus. Mekanı her detayıyla çok sevdim ama arka bölümdeki üzeri açılan, havadar terası favorim oldu. Etiler'in ve İstanbul’un tüm kargaşasından uzak, nerede olduğunuzu unutturan bir mekan yaratılmış.

Türk ve İtalyan şarapları ile dolu zengin şarap kavı ve restoranın içinde yer alan şarküterisiyle diğer İtalyan restoranlarından ayrılıyor.

Çekim trüf zamanına denk geldiği için İtalya’nın Alba bölgesinden taze taze getirilen trüfleri, pirincin kralı olarak bilinen Aquerello pirinciyle  yaptıkları risottoyla yemeye de, çekmeye doyamadım..


portrait | Anette

I met Anette in the workshop I attended in Italy last May. Anette Harbech Olesen is a renowned nutritionist and an author based in Denmark. She has published more than a dozen cookbooks on healthy eating. She also has a blog named MADFORLIVET , which means 'food for life'. She celebrated her long years in business with an e-book where she used this portrait of her, taken by me.  Besides her success, she is a strong, warmhearted, sensing person and an amazing friend


Next week I am going to  a Food Photo Festival in Vejjle. After the festival I am planning to spend  couple of days in Copenhagen then going  to meet with her in Aarhus, where she lives. There are no words to describe how excited I am for this trip!