Istanbul Modern

In-PersonMission, San Francisco


Banquet (20+ Guests)
greek, middle eastern, turkish
Gluten Free, Vegetarian
The legacy of Istanbul, once Constantinople, the capital of four empires, is greater than meets the eye. It's the Bosphorus, Black Sea, the Aegean, and the Mediterranean; Mesopotamia, Balkans, Anatolia, Caucasus, North Africa, and Persia. It's the palace and the countryside, the business capital and the cultural capital. It's a little Turkish, a little Greek, Armenian, Jewish, Arabic and Persian. It's Istanbul Modern. We tell the story.

Menu detail

Simit and Yogurt Butter
Simit is the most consumed street food in Istanbul. It resembles a pretzel but it's baked with molasses and sesame seeds. On the streets of Istanbul it's served with 'smiling cow' brand cheese, the little triangles. We break bread with a yogurt butter.
Mezedes served with Armenian Lavash and Lebanese Pita
Small Plate
We serve our mezedes family style small plates across the table. Here are the mezedes we will be serving at this event: Greek Artichoke Skordalia Mother-in-Law Armenian Dolmas Black Hummus bi Black Tahini with Mushrooms Roasted Delicata Squash Salad Warm and Cheesy Sultan’s Delight with Roasted Fairytale Eggplant
Yuvalama with a Yogurt and Mushroom Broth
Small Plate
Bulgur meatballs; chickpeas; mushrooms; stewed beef; and yogurt, sumac and mint broth; Aleppo, Urfa and Maras peppers This is a dish that captures the essence of the flavors of Mesopotamia. It's served warm, not hot.
Wild Pistachio Braised Short Rib with Orange and Pistachio pilaf
Short rib; melengic and dar-ul fulful Rice; candied orange; baklava pistachios; herbs; orange blossom and bay leaves This dish showcases the complex flavor of melengic, the Mesopotamian wild pistachio. The sauce should reminisce coffee, chocolate flavors with a pistachio theme. The pilaf is the bright note, served family style.
Ottoman Palace Hoshaf
Jasmin and cardamom tea; pear; smoked yogurt; Urfa sour cherry jam; almonds
California Citrus and Fennel Flower Liqueur
Homemade with foraged ingredients with a hint of cardamom and Szechuan peppercorns

Istanbul Modern

In-PersonMission, San Francisco
(Exact Address will be shared upon purchase.)