Beyti is more than just a steakhouse, it’s a culinary institution. If you love meat (and have the means), it’s one of those places you really should consider visiting when in Istanbul. Located in the affluent Florya district along the Marmara Sea, Beyti’s elegant interior is tastefully decorated in much of its own history and nostalgia – the restaurant was founded in 1945 and has been owned and managed by the same Güler family since (Beyti is the founder’s first name). The restaurant is very well known throughout the city so getting there by cab should be a doddle plus it has its own private parking lot in case you’re bringing a car.
Do not come to this restaurant if you are a vegetarian, pescatarian or vegan; whilst you probably will get fed, it would be missing the point altogether. Beyti is a steakhouse first and last. My Turkish brother (from another mother), Nuri Topbas, brought me to Beyti and took the lead in ordering. Nuri is an encyclopedia of the Istanbul F&B scene and my reference for Turkish cuisine.
He started us off with two different green salads followed by a meat fest which included slivers of döner, köfte, shish kebab and the restaurant’s signature and namesake, Beyti steak. There’s a bit of beef in Beyti’s köfte but everything else uses only the highest quality lamb. And everything we had, particularly the Beyti steak was perfectly cooked.
Service was impeccable. Our table was looked after by a headwaiter named Hussein who was simply amazing. He and his team ensured our every need was (literally) anticipated in advance.
When other restaurants serve food, they put the food on the table and leave. At Beyti, food is served to your plate. Plates and cutlery are changed after each serving. And it’s all done in the most seamless, effortless and unpretentious manner. What a surreal experience. Nuri Jan – thank you for bringing me to yet another amazing restaurant in Istanbul. Beyti is my new benchmark in Turkey and well worth a detour.
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