Mikla opened its doors in October 2005 with a vision to create a refined, contemporary "Istanbullu" dining experience. And let us tell you, they did it RIGHT!
Chef-Owner Mehmet Gürs is a Turkish-Scandinavian mastermind who brought his unique background and culinary expertise to Istanbul in 1996, pioneering the city's contemporary restaurant scene. Mikla's outstanding food, breathtaking view, proper service, and inspiring music earned it the title of best restaurant in Istanbul from the get-go, and it's been raking in local and international reviews ever since.
But Mikla wasn't content to rest on its laurels. In 2012, after extensive research and a dedicated creative process, they launched their visionary "New Anatolian Kitchen" approach. This involves treating traditional and true "noble" products with the utmost respect while transforming them with a blend of new and ancient techniques. The ingredients are carefully sourced from Istanbul and throughout Turkey, with a focus on the land, traditions, and people that make them so special.
And let's talk about the vibe. Mikla is located on the rooftop floor of the chic "The Marmara Pera" hotel, with a funky retro aesthetic featuring chrome 70's and 50's furniture and a stunning wooden rail-sleepers bar. And don't even get us started on the view. It's absolutely breathtaking, with sweeping vistas that take you back in time to the heart of old Istanbul.
So, what's the verdict? Mikla has been killing it since day one and it's no surprise that they've been on The World's 50 Best Restaurants list since 2015. If you're looking for a dining experience in Istanbul that's refined, contemporary, and romantic all at once, Mikla is the spot for you.