An Istanbul classic that draws on over a century of culinary experience, Pandeli is a haven of calm situated above the riotous bustle of the Egyptian Bazaar, which is something of a dining black hole. From the ancient doorway through which you have to pass, to the terrific, decorative, blue and turquoise tiles, Pandeli has one of the most atmospheric and quintessentially Old Stamboul settings one can imagine, including a few tiny windows that offer a peek out onto the nearby Galata Bridge. As a result of its décor and location, Pandeli attracts droves of tourists and the management and staff takes full advantage. Reports suggest that the staff can be pushy for tips, though we haven’t found this on our visits. Dishes are all Turkish classics from bean soup to tandoori lamb. None of the items really live up to the restaurant’s rarified surroundings but the location and the feeling of the place are superb, so other deficiencies are well worth ignoring. Note that Pandeli serves lunch only.