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Istanbul star-struck as first Michelin Guide is launched

Local restaurants set sights on post-pandemic gastro-tourists

Fatih Tutak, owner-chef of the Michelin two-starred TURK Fatih Tutak in Instanbul, says his current success is the culmination of 16 years of restaurant experience in Asia. (Courtesy of TURK Fatih Tutak) 

ISTANBUL, Turkey -- Turkish cuisine has won the approval of France-based Michelin Guide, raising hopes that the country will soon figure more prominently on the gourmet travel map.

In Michelin's first guide to Istanbul, published in October, the gastronomic bible lists 53 restaurants, one of which was awarded a coveted two-star rating by the anonymous inspectors, who can award up to three stars. Four won a single star, and 10 were placed in the Bib Gourmand category, meaning that they offer "great food at reasonable prices."

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