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Aug 16
Sunday

Antiochia: Style and Taste

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Antiochia's street style -- by Ansel Mullins
In Istanbul, we’ve noted an inverse relationship between a restaurant’s atmosphere and what’s coming out of the kitchen. In most cases, as furniture design goes slick, as bathrooms get properly lit and ventilated, as the wait staff becomes customer-savvy, the quality of the kitchen inevitably goes down. Presumably, there are those in Istanbul who go out to eat and those who go out to sit in chic restaurants, and never the two shall meet. But just when we thought this theory was watertight, we stumbled upon Antiochia – a small restaurant in Beyoğlu that exudes cool without sacrificing flavor. Continue…


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2 responses - Posted 05.22.09
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9 responses - Posted 05.06.09
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8 responses - Posted 05.01.09
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