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. 

Kilimanjaro
Tarihi Bomonti Bira Fabrikası, 
Birahane Sokak, No:1 Bomonti / Şişli

lisbon, portugal travel guide

I was planning to do a post on some of my travels for a while, finally I could find the time to gather my notes. I got to spend a long weekend in Lisbon in January. As it was off-season, many shops and restaurants were closed but still the weather was so nice. I wanted to share a bit of my trip with you so here I am writing this post. 

Not long ago, I used to over plan my trips in order not to miss anything and feel exhausted in the end. But recently I started to change this habit a little; nowadays I plan less and mainly prioritize the place I want to see and the things I want to do and see how the city makes that happen. Lisbon was one of those kind of trips. I spent an amazing couple of days walking around Alfama's narrow streets, admiring the Ajulejo covered colorful buildings, spending time in the parks with a small picnic on the side, photographing the amazing views from the hilltops of the city and of course tasting the infamous seafood of Lisbon and the Port wine all along the way...

I left Lisbon with a lot of inspiration, good impression and happy memories. 

DO

Have a walk to Alfama with you head up. Enjoy the stunning view over the rooftops of the Alfama district and the Targus River. When going up and downhill with Tram 28, while strolling through the colourful streets, you can discover some of the typical panoramic views of Lisbon. Two of the most beautiful ones: Santa Luzia in Alfama and Senhora do Monte. Don’t miss the most characteristic districts. Between the most beautiful in the city there are with no doubt the Baixa, heart of the city, the Barrio Alto, young neighbourhood dedicated to entertainment. Hang out on the streets of Chiado, the elegant neighbourhood. You can take the time to enjoy  the historic cafés, fashionable boutiques and upscale hotels and restaurants. Do not miss visiting Lx Factory, even it is bit further from town centre. It is old factory turned to shops, restaurants and ateliers. It has a great vibe, but try to go there during the day. Have a visit to Belem district, Lisbon's most monumental and historical area . Centro Cultural de Belém is a remarkable contemporary art museum and  Torre de Belem  is the quintessential symbol of Portugal. And also you will be impressed with the  Jerónimos Monastery and Palácio Nacional da Ajuda 's grandness. Make a day trip to Sintra. 25km West from Lisbon, a wonderful town you must visit as soon as you finish Lisbon’s to-do’s. 

EAT

Boi Cavallo, Rua de Vigario, 70B Alfama

Our host in the apartment recommended this cool restaurant for our first night, It was an excellent food, very creative and inspiring in a friendly atmosphere. The space is minimal with a small kitchen. The enthusiastic chef and the staff were very friendly. We were lucky to find a place due to the low season, but definitely should book a table before going. 

Cantinho Do Avillez, R. Duques de Bragança 7

One of Portugal's best and definitely the most famous chef Jose Avillez’s relatively casual restaurant is an alternative to Belcanto, his other restaurant in town. Cantinho is a trendy place with a very welcoming atmosphere. I had one the best tuna dishes I had ever had. Other things I would recommend to taste are scallops, fried string beans with a tartar sauce and seasalt as well as the hazelnut desert. 

Gambrinus, Rua das Portas Santo Antao

If you want to experience a traditional, feel-good food try this place. Locals say that it is a classic and is very old school.  Located right in the heart of Lisbon. Got to taste an amazing tiger crab cooked in Madeira wine and a very good seafood pasta with local seafood. An ideal place for lunch or for a Sunday afternoon early dinner, just like we did. The staff and service is excellent, very professional but the prices are high according to Lisbon standards. 

Bistro 100 Maneiras, Largoda Trindade 9

Located in the trendy Chiado district, this place offers a modern Portuguese cuisine with an Eastern European twist. Chef Ljubomir Stanisic is fantastic at combining Portuguese, French and Yugoslavian tastes all together for remarkable dishes.  (Not too far from this bistro is their fine dining counterpart, 100 Maneiras, which we did not get to try but if it is anything like Bistro 100 Maneiras, it must be good if not better.) 100 Maniras –Rua do Teixeria 35

Mercado de Riberia, Av. 24 de Julho 50

This closed market place is a heaven for a foodie. You can taste all the great chefs in the city under one roof with their good quality food with affordable prices. Despite it is a closed market, it is very spacious and nicely decorated. Definitely go there hungry and be prepared to spend there half a day. 

Sea Me Peixaria Moderna, Chiado Rua do Loreto 21

Fresh sea food, a good place to eat scallops and oysters with a glass of champagne. 

Este Oeste, Centro Cultural de Belém, Praça do Império

Sushi and pizza together in this very chic and family friendly museum bistro. Need reservations on Sundays. 

*Our host also recommended some other restaurants:

-Insolito,Restaurante Leopold, Belcanto, Eleven, Feitoria, Ramiro

SHOP

A vida a Portuguesa, great shop with vintage Portuguese products. I brought some vintage aluminium kitchenware pieces, some stationary and cute soaps. Embaxiadalx is slow retail concept store in a nice historical building. You can see lots of local designers all in one place. I did some antique prop shopping from Feira da Ladra, Lisbon's famous flea market. Also for the food lovers Conserveira de Lisboa, is a must go place. You can bring perfect gifts for friends who like tinned tuna, sardines, mussels, octopus, squid, mackeral  with various sauce or old preparations. They wrap them  very nicely.

STAY

Baixa HouseR. dos Fanqueiros 81

I first heard about this place, when Local Milk and LUDC made a photography workshop there. Later, I heard the place from some other friends and encounters and when I decided to go to Lisbon, this place was the only place I wanted to stay.  How lucky we were that the house was partially under construction yet we could find a beautiful apartment, recently renewed. I will write more about and post photos in my next post.

* I suggest you to check out  Little Upside Down Cake's blog for more Lisbon !!!

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
 

garganelli pasta at istanbul morini

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I had the pleasure of shooting one of the signature dishes, Garganelli with Ragu, at Morini, one of my favourite restaurants in Istanbul. While shooting I got to witness the preparation of garganelli by the pasta chef Müberra and was amazed by the process. Although this pasta resembles penne, it is totally different because it is fresh and hand made just before cooking. For more information on this dish, you could check out the article written by Cemre Narin in the February issue of Conde Nast Traveller Turkey . Here are the outtakes from the preparation..Next time I visit Morini, I'll be sure to order garganelli..


Morini Restaurant
Zorlu Center 34340
Zincirlikuyu Istanbul Turkiye
+90 212 353 6767

 

 

 

CondenastTraveller’ın Şubat sayısının Tadımlık sayfaları için Zorlu Center’da bulunan İstanbul Morini'nin imza lezzetlerinden biri olan Ragu soslu Garganelli’yi fotoğrafladım. Hazırılık aşamasına da şahit olduğum garganelli, penne makarnanın kardeşi diyebileceğimiz ama kesinlikle çokça zahmetli ve taze olarak hazırlanıp servis edilen bir makarna. Bu lezzetle ilgili daha fazla detay için Cemre Narin’in dergideki yazısını okumanızı öneririm.Garganelli hafizamda yerini aldi ve bu lezzeti deneyimlemek icin en kisa zamanda tekrar Morini'yi ziyaret edecegim sanirim.

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..