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The queen of modern Istanbul cuisine, Şemsa Denizsel turns high quality, exceedingly seasonal ingredients to familiar yet refined dishes. The daily specials are on the blackboard and tend to reflect the skilled chef’s imagination. Even the humble boiled chicken is spiked with creativity, cooked terbiyeli, in an egg-lemon sauce and enhanced with tahini and garlic. Try some of her classics as well, like homemade charcuterie, pickles and local cheese. After your meal, stop by the sister shop, Kantin Dükkan, for fine artisanal products from all around Anatolia, including Kars kaşar cheese, pomegranate molasses and double roasted tahini.