During the summer months chic Mia Mensa boasts a lovely location, sharing a waterside terrace with Ak Café on the nightlife strip of Kuruçeme. The cuisine is Italian, excellently prepared with the freshest ingredients accompanied by a decent wine list and solid service. It’s an atmospheric spot for lunch, when the profusion of blue parasols offer shade while the Bosphorus basks in the sunshine. But the place is particularly enchanting at night, especially on a clear evening, when you can watch the tankers sailing by en-route to Odessa and Constanta as you enjoy your antipasti. During winter, meals are served in the cosy confines of a wooden villa, which is also a popular venue for mid-afternoon mojitos and snacks.