Istanbul Modern, a cosmopolitan kebab dinner - $55

In-PersonMission, San Francisco


Available for purchase,BYOW
Banquet (20+ Guests)
middle eastern
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
Small Plate
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.
Small Plate
We serve our mezes family style small plates across the table. Here are the mezes we will be serving at this event: Balkan cabbage rolls Georgian freekeh and mushroom salad Tunisian Octopus with chickpeas and harissa Greek parsnip skordalia Seasonal meze inspired by the farmers market
Small Plate
This is a dish that captures the essence of the flavors of Mesopotamia. At Istanbul Modern we add brown butter and mushrooms because earthy, savory flavors elevate yogurt to new heights. Bulgur meatballs; chickpeas; mushrooms; stewed beef; and yogurt, sumac and mint broth; Aleppo, Urfa and Maras peppers. We consider this as one of our signature dishes.
Lamb kebab with citrus and chicory salad
Perhaps it's ambitious to claim that we're changing the kebab game but this the beginning of it. We cook the lamb, whole muscle, for an extended period of time until it's fork tender. We let it rest and then we take it to fire.
Turkish rice pudding
In the absence of a pub or bar culture and a society that abstains from alcohol, Muhallebicis or pudding shops, have been a traditional date destination for many couples since the turn of the 20th century. It's akin to root beer float as a a cultural synonym. We serve our rice pudding, with a twist.


Metaxa Ouzo, single
Tekirdag Young Grape Raki, single
Kourtaki Retsina, ancient Greek white wine
Dr. Frank Rkatsitelli,Georgian grape, Finger Lakes

Istanbul Modern, a cosmopolitan kebab dinner - $55

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