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“I remember you - Nostalgia without the pain”
Review of 1924Istanbul

Ranked #70 of 15,435 Restaurants in Istanbul
Certificate of Excellence
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Neighbourhood: Beyoglu
Description: A TASTE OF HISTORY Contemporary guidebooks described dinner at “1924istanbul” as much a part of experiencing Istanbul as a visit to the bazaar or Blue Mosque. No visitor to Istanbul be it Mata Hari or Greta Garbo, Agatha Christie or the King of Spain would leave the city without paying a call. Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, the Turkish president was a loyal client. Emigrés and civil servants, bohemians and politicians all rubbed shoulders in its wood-paneled dining-room. The common denominator was a sophisticated ambiance, Central & Eastern European delicacies and lashings of ice-cold lemon vodka and some spectacular cocktails. This Istanbul institution with its 80 years tradition is in every detail a legend of a restaurant and bar in istanbul.
Reviewed 26 December 2017

Rejans was always more club than restaurant, spinning history and Russian food into a web of nostalgia. It was a ritual to go there, and to watch the level of the lemon vodka sink with the conveniently invisible sun. Over time, the elegant emigrées who greeted one faded away, a fire in 1976 left its scars and, as Istanbul trebled its population, Beyoğlu lost its relevance and resonanace. Rejans limped on until closing in 2011. Then Sashah Anton Khan, who had made his name with 360, moved in. He appreciated the value that the past can have and, under the name 1924, has reopened a restaurant which builds on rather than denies tradition.
Rejans opened in late 1931, and the Madame Jozefin whose name plaque is beside Kemal Atatürk’s is the great Josephine Baker, who got here in 1934 (and 1973). The later plaques include World War II ambassadors Sir Hughe Knatchbull-Hugessen and Franz von Papen, bitter rivals jousting for Turkey, with the German buoyed up by reports stolen by his British counterpart’s Albanian valet, “Cicero”, and knowing he was paying for these with counterfeit notes.
The history of what happened in 1924 or earlier is above my pay grade and a bit wacky. Other names on 1924’s wall include Mata Hari, who did indeed come to Istanbul – but in 1897. Hemingway too – he came in 1922. And Greta Garbo – who came in late 1924 for the never-completed Odalisk from Smolensk: German inflation bankrupted the production company and the rushes were confiscated by the Turkish customs.
In the past, writers, artists and journalists were Rejans’ key clientele. Today, it is more a place for businessmen and for couples who want the continuing edge of nostalgia.
Part of the reason for this are the prices, in the middle to upper range. But the three evenings I have recently spent there impressed with the range and quality of the food. The Russian zeitgeist remains and the borscht, piroshky, blini, pelmeni (dumplings), and vegetables are just fine. I don’t eat meat but others were happy with the Chicken Kievsky, Beef Stroganoff and – not always on the menu – roast duck. And with the range of vodkas. Hayırlı olsun.

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Reviewed 25 December 2017 via mobile

You should definetly have dinner here if you are visiting İstanbul. Fantastic place with fantastic food and music. Dont forget to taste yellow (lemon) vodka.

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Reviewed 24 December 2017 via mobile

What a great location, full of history, incredible food - the roast duck was truly outstanding, service is excellent and the management add all the additional flair your would expect.

Strongly recommended - a must for anyone visiting or living in Istanbul - and there is very tough competition.

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Reviewed 20 December 2017

Shame on me that I was not able to come during "Rejans" time of this wonderful place. I always have an interest towards Russian cuisine and this is really the best in Turkey! Wish I could drink Vodka of their own production. You should and must not miss that taste! if you like to get on a time machine and throw yourself back to 1920's.. You will adore this place. Not only the taste, but also the menu, the service stuff, very welcoming people.. You will not regret.. if you are a couple, reserve my favorite table no:35, my bonus hint :)

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Reviewed 17 December 2017

1924istanbul is one of the oldest and historical restaurants in Istanbul. As soon as you walk in to the restaurant,the time travel begins. The atmosphere of the place dazzles you, especially the huge chandelier hanging through the ceiling. The menu has many options and portions are very satisfying as well as delicious. Specially flavoured vodkas are a must-try! The waiters were very kind and informative. 1924Istanbul is a classic which should definitely be tried both by tourists and the locals.

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